Sunday, August 26, 2012

Land Habitat Watershed Updates 2012

“This internship has justified my passion for ecology... I have been so lucky to be a part of this internship and I am thankful for all the doors that it has opened for me. Anyone who will participate in this will gain much experience in the field of ecology, biology, statistics, mathematics, and environmental concepts.” 
- Spring 2012 Campus Natural Reserve student intern

A core objective of the sustainability movement is the protection, maintenance, and stewardship of the environment and the endurance of critical environmental resources for future generations.  In order to accomplish these goals it is essential to educate citizens about the environment and train future environmental scientists. The 409-acre UCSC Campus Natural Reserve (CNR) exists as a living laboratory and outdoor classroom that provides education and research opportunities right outside the doors of our traditional classrooms and laboratories.

In fiscal year 2011-2012, 23 instructors and more than 800 students used the CNR and surrounding campus undeveloped lands to gain hands-on experiences in their formal course work.  In addition to course and volunteer activities, more than 70 undergraduate student interns and 200 student volunteers gained direct experience in research, education, and stewardship activities while working closely with trained Site Stewardship, Arboretum, and CNR staff and faculty members.  A major recognition of the importance of the CNR was the induction of Dr. Greg Gilbert’s Forest Ecology Research Plot into the Smithsonian Institute’s Global Earth Observatory network of forest plots, launching CNR research onto the world stage.

Please contact Campus Natural Reserve steward Alex Jones for information on internship and volunteer opportunities. Visit the website for more information.

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