We develop our projects cooperatively with community partners. Depending on partners’ needs, projects can address environmental education and outreach, natural resource management, habitat restoration, species conservation, environmental monitoring, sustainable business practices, ecotourism, recreation management, environmental justice, and other topics.
Currently, we have four primary focal areas.
In our Conservation Science in Action projects, students assist community partners by completing hands-on restoration projects, creating assessments and management plans, or acquiring and analyzing needed environmental data.
In our Environmental Education projects, students develop, implement and share transformative learning experiences for children in nature. Students create scientifically rigorous curricula, teach programs in classrooms and conduct field trip activities.
In our Community Engagement projects, students collect and share information with different audiences using creative methods, such as interpretive signs and museum displays, social media campaigns, and oral histories. For example, in our MyMcKenzie projects, students have promoted conservation of the beautiful and ecologically important McKenzie River through photography, creative writing and conversations with community members.
In our Sustainable Practices projects, students implement solutions that address and integrate concerns regarding environmental health, social equity and economic success. Example projects include renewable energy, waste prevention and recycling, alternative transportation, sustainable business, and organic agriculture.