Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA): Getting Young Scientists Involved in Local Environmental Projects that Benefit CT Communities
UConn's Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA) is a new transformative program that engages high school students in land use and natural resource conservation in an exciting and meaningful way for the student that is beneficial to our communities and environment. Each year ~24 students participate in a weeklong field experience at UConn, where they learn from UConn faculty and students as well as other environmental professionals about the natural world in a land use context. Afterwards, the students apply their skills during a seven-month conservation-focused project addressing local environmental issues in their own community under the mentorship of a community partner (e.g. local planners, decision-makers, scientists, environmental professionals on land trusts and conservation/wetland commissions). To date, 53 community projects have been completed or are currently being conducted throughout Connecticut by our NRCA students. These projects have proven to be not only beneficial to the students but to their community partners and communities. During this webinar, we will provide a brief background on the NRCA and discuss examples of NRCA projects conducted throughout the state, successful community partnerships, and the potential benefits of partnering with the NRCA.
Presented by: CLEAR
Running Time: 00:50:55
John Volin, Professor and Head, UConn Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
John Volin is a professor of plant physiological ecology, the Head of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment and the Director of Environmental Sciences at UConn. Volin founded and helps direct the Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA). He has worked in ecosystems around the world, focusing his research efforts on invasive species ecology and restoration ecology.
Laura Cisneros, NRCA Coordinator, UConn Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
Laura Cisneros is the coordinator of the NRCA and an Assistant Extension Educator in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at UConn. She recently received her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UConn. Her research and teaching interests focus on understanding how human activities affect ecosystems and using this understanding to inform students and citizens about the intimate role that we play in global sustainability.