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A Community Education Program for Vermont towns
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The University of Vermont and Shelburne Farms are pleased to offer an innovative program in placed-based education for towns in Vermont. The PLACE (Place-based Landscape Analysis and Community Education) Program provides local residents with a forum for exploring and understanding the natural and cultural history of their town landscape. Working directly with local schools, town commissions, historical societies, and conservation organizations, PLACE staff members develop an integrated series of presentations, field trips, workshops, and visioning forums designed to celebrate and honor a town’s cultural heritage and ecological potential.

Since its inception in 2001, PLACE has collaborated with a host of local and regional partners to facilitate programs in 13 communities, with a 14th program currently underway in the City of South Burlington. The current program model brings together community members and UVM graduate students in a collaborative research process through the PLACE Institute, and features a vision to action forum which integrates an appreciation of a community’s heritage into plans for a sustainable future.

University of Vermont
Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, Vermont
Burlington
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