RSENR Office of Experiential Learning Update
- By Anna Smiles-Becker & Elise Schadler
As the fall semester draws to a close, it’s exciting for us to look back on all of the remarkable experiential learning that has happened these past couple of months in RSENR!
From Elise Schadler, Coordinator of Community-Based Learning
Eleven service-learning courses were offered in RSENR/ENVS this fall and through these courses students engaged in over 70 partnerships with over 50 different community partner organizations. Service-learning projects this semester ranged from wetland management plan development for the Winooski River Parks District in Lecturer Emily Brodsky’s Wetlands Ecology & Wildlife course to curriculum development and implementation in Professor Tom Hudspeth’s Sustainability Education course to a partnership with City Market to evaluate reusable bag policy and the feasibility of a plastic bag ban in Lecturer Matt Kolan’s senior capstone course, Environmental Problem-solving & Impact Assessment. I encourage you to visit the Office of Experiential Learning at http://www.uvm.edu/rsenr/experientiallearning/communitybasedlearning to see where service-learning projects are happening and who our community partners are, as well as pictures, final products, and testimonials from students engaged in service-learning courses.
This fall, the new partnership between RSENR and the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program – through which my joint position was created – has opened new doors for partnerships, internships, and service-learning projects with Vermont municipalities and the Agency of Natural Resources. For example, this semester, a trio of students from Lecturer Zac Ispa-Landa’s Measurements & Mapping course are working with the town of Williston to assess the health of their ash tree population as a preparedness measure in light of the threat of the invasive emerald ash borer, and next semester students in Assistant Professor Kimberly Wallin’s Forest Ecosystem Health course will be doing the same in South Burlington.
In the photo, junior, Hana Aronowitz, and senior, Tara Gron, use a Juno device provided by the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program to collect basic inventory data and assess the health of Williston, Vermont's public ash trees.
From Anna Smiles-Becker, Career Services Coordinator
While it's hard to believe that the fall semester is ending, it has been a good one! Approximately 10 students participated in credit-bearing internships or research experiences through the Rubenstein School Internship Program. Their experiences ranged from interning at the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Lab to the Vermont Public Interest Research Group to the Friends of Burlington Gardens, just to name a few! I met with students regularly to discuss study abroad possibilities, internship ideas, and post-graduation plans, and I look forward to talking with even more students during the spring semester.