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Student Profiles
RSENR student Abigail Heggenstaller interned with The American Chestnut Foundation.


Abigail Heggenstaller Interns with The American Chestnut Foundation

Last summer, I worked as an intern at the Pennsylvania Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF). I participated in a wide variety of tasks, such as general orchard maintenance, data entry, and data collection in Vermont and Maine.

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Summer UVM Natural Areas field intern Adam Heckle busy scouting out the route of the new trail system at the Carse Wetland Natural Area in Hinesburg, VT. Photo by Rick Paradis.


Adam Heckle Provides Stewardship of UVM Natural Areas as a 2015 Perennial Summer Intern

Over the past 40 years, the University of Vermont has acquired ten diverse Natural Areas that offer a number of attributes that continue to enhance students’ learning experience, improve health of the surrounding community, and give refuge to an array of flora and fauna. In the summer of 2015, Adam Heckle (NR ’16) was chosen ...

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Jessie Griffen


From the Berkshires to the Champlain Valley, Jessie Griffen Strengthens Bonds Between People and Their Natural World

Much like the songbirds she encountered at her summer field site in Massachusetts, Jessie Griffen feels at home in many environments. As a second year Ecological Planning (EP) Master’s student in the Rubenstein School, her versatility is matched by an enthusiastic drive for exploration — from the botanical candy-land of Costa ...

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Undergraduate Programs

The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources has a reputation for excellence in the study of the environment and natural resources. We are proud to be one of the nation's premier environmental programs. Hands-on learning, outstanding faculty, an innovative curriculum, state-of-the-art research come together in our extraordinary outdoor laboratory—the state of Vermont. Your experience will be personalized in our close community of about 600 students. Meet some of our students >>

Faculty who love to teach. Rubenstein faculty are dedicated to undergraduate teaching. You will share the classroom with teacher-researchers solving today's biggest environmental problems. Our faculty >>

The Rubenstein School offers an innovative four-year core curriculum. The four-year sequence integrating ecology, human perspectives, ecosystem management, natural resource policy, and environmental assessment applies your knowledge of natural and social science to solving real-world problems. Core curriculum >>

The Rubenstein School graduates succeed. Our career services coordinator in our Office of Experiential Learning works directly with our students from the time they arrive at the University. Most of our graduates are employed in positions that tap their specific education in natural resources. They work as environmental consultants, foresters, naturalists, wildlife biologists, ski area managers, land-use planners, teachers, researchers, natural resource policy analysts, and more. If you want a broad-based education and an environmental career that can lead to positive change in the world, join us. Learn more about Experiential Learning >>

Why study the environment at UVM?

The University of Vermont long ago recognized the importance of providing educational opportunities in natural resource conservation and management. Efforts were initiated with forestry courses in 1888. High quality undergraduate instruction and advising in environmental and natural resources disciplines are our highest priorities. The emphasis on excellence in undergraduate natural resource programming is underscored by the School's administrative structure and a strong interdisciplinary core curriculum. Distinctions among disciplines are de-emphasized while the elements of a strong professional education are retained.