Maybe you could read up and challenge yourself to write your own biological field study. Ask yourself a question, gather data and hypothesis and go to a local waterworks and test out your hypothesis! Keep the data and everything you record. It can be a good hobby which keeps you motivated and interested, while also providing references for a portfolio if you ever need one.
You don't necessarily need to be present with other scientists in order to conduct research. I don't know how close a university is to you, but ask around and see if some profs are open to running a public information session.