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Sustainability Beliefs Of First-Year Students In Natural Resources, Donald J. Orth, Kim Hodge Cowgill, Dean F. Stauffer, Eric P. Wiseman Mar 2012

Sustainability Beliefs Of First-Year Students In Natural Resources, Donald J. Orth, Kim Hodge Cowgill, Dean F. Stauffer, Eric P. Wiseman

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A crux of the environmental problem is change resistance and few college students possess the critical analysis and persuasive communication skills needed to engage in this dialogue. Furthermore, there is little appreciation among college students for the diversity of beliefs regarding sustainability issues. We surveyed students enrolled in a First-Year Experience class in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment. We used the Dunlap and Van Liere New Environmental Paradigm (NEP) measurement scale to assess the individual student orientations toward nature and the environment. The students enrolled in this class had enrolled voluntarily based on their interest in ...


How Service-Learning Can Support The Practice Of, And Education About, Collaborative Natural Resource Management, Kimberly J. Coleman Mar 2012

How Service-Learning Can Support The Practice Of, And Education About, Collaborative Natural Resource Management, Kimberly J. Coleman

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Many researchers agree that contemporary natural resource management requires successful collaboration between diverse stakeholder groups. However, achieving successful collaboration can be challenging. So what makes stakeholder collaborations work and what models exist for educating the next generation of natural resource professionals about successful stakeholder collaboration? The Harwood Union Forest Project, a community-based forestry initiative in Vermont, provides such a model. By forming service-learning partnerships between a public high school and natural resources students at the University of Vermont, the Harwood Union Forest Project has successfully supported community-based forestry activities at the high school’s 180 acre forest, and educated both ...


Site Planning Using Gis: University / Agency Service Learning Collaboration, Rob Porter Mar 2012

Site Planning Using Gis: University / Agency Service Learning Collaboration, Rob Porter

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This case study presentation outlines an ongoing partnership between Western Illinois University and the Army Corps of Engineers Mark Twain Lake (ACOE) that allows students to integrate classroom knowledge into field-based work. While attending a series of classes students receive appropriate natural resource management curriculum, practice GIS skills through labs, and engage in the planning and implementation of an actual facility. First, the students visit the area, engaging in a tour giving them an overview of the area. Second, they create an open space plan for a recreation area that is devoid of facilities or underutilized. GIS is utilized in ...


Understanding Scholarly Communication – Tools To Help Graduate Students Publish, Susanne Clement Mar 2012

Understanding Scholarly Communication – Tools To Help Graduate Students Publish, Susanne Clement

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Although graduate students are increasingly expected to publish before graduation, they are rarely offered formal education in the full range of the scholarly communication process in their discipline. They quickly learn how to do the research and to present their findings in a format suitable for submission to an academic peer-reviewed journal, but seldom do they (or their faculty advisors) understand the business of publishing and how that may affect their ability to get published. At Utah State University, the Department of Environment and Society (College of Natural Resources) started in 2010 requiring first-term graduate students to take a 2-credit ...


Gis In Natural Resource Education: Where Are We Headed?, Joseph K. Berry Mar 2012

Gis In Natural Resource Education: Where Are We Headed?, Joseph K. Berry

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Over the past three decades, GIS education in natural resources has evolved from a focus on automated cartography, to spatial database management, to geo-web applications. Within these contexts, curricula have emphasized the mechanics of descriptive mapping (“Where is What”) involving acquisition, storage, retrieval, query and display of spatial objects. However, the future of GIS education is moving from a “down the hall and to the right” specialist’s role for providing mapped data, to a broader and more active role of providing spatial information for natural resource research, policy, planning and management. The instructional emphasis is shifting from data–centric ...


Conducting Mountain Lion Research: A Citizen Science Project, Barbara Patterson, Don Hunter, Caroline Krunn Mar 2012

Conducting Mountain Lion Research: A Citizen Science Project, Barbara Patterson, Don Hunter, Caroline Krunn

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Rocky Mountain Cat Conservancy, a Colorado-based conservation group dedicated to promoting wild cat conservation through research and community stewardship, seeks to mitigate human-mountain lion conflicts through an innovative community stewardship project that engages local students and volunteers in citizen science research. In addition to establishing a permanent, outdoor, wildlife-based curriculum at Front Range Community College - Larimer Campus, Communities, Cameras and Conservation establishes a connection to conservation through hands-on education where no such opportunity currently exists. It creates a new prospect for community members to engage in citizen science research and serve as conservation envoys by raising the level of awareness ...


Creating Environmental Leaders Through Service Learning: A Classroom Transition From Theory To Real World Application, Roslynn G. Brain, Robert H. Schmidt Mar 2012

Creating Environmental Leaders Through Service Learning: A Classroom Transition From Theory To Real World Application, Roslynn G. Brain, Robert H. Schmidt

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Incorporating service learning opportunities into classroom instruction has been well documented as a successful teaching strategy in the literature. For example, service learning has been linked to outcomes ranging from increased student self esteem to enhanced critical thinking skills. Service learning provides an opportunity for reflection and community engagement in addition to classroom teaching and learning. This approach ultimately fosters a sense of community responsibility and encourages lifelong community engagement. In other words, when students are involved in service learning, they develop life skills that will benefit them well into the future. This oral presentation will introduce 1) a redesigned ...


Impact Of Extraordinary Experiences On Teachers Science Identity, Michael P. Marlow, Brad Mclain, Bruce Nash, David Krueger Mar 2012

Impact Of Extraordinary Experiences On Teachers Science Identity, Michael P. Marlow, Brad Mclain, Bruce Nash, David Krueger

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Experiential science learning is all about personal close encounters with the content, processes, and emotions of science. It is a philosophy that emphasizes learning from direct first-person experience and a holistic perspective that includes the self-construction of knowledge as well as emotions, attitudes and beliefs that combine to form a learner’s “science identity.” The Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative (XSci) at the University of Colorado Denver provides extraordinary experiences, internship and professional opportunities in collaboration with a large number of community, academic and government partners. Activities include local, regional and international field studies, internships, conference group presentations and science ...


Meeting Students Where They Are: Adapting Natural Resource Education To Emerging Digital Landscapes, Zachary D. Cole Mar 2012

Meeting Students Where They Are: Adapting Natural Resource Education To Emerging Digital Landscapes, Zachary D. Cole

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For students, connecting through text, email, chat, and social media has become an integral part of their daily lives. The near endless supply of digital media outlets and information sources has created a new landscape at the interface of the student-professor relationship; incorporating these emergent platforms into hybrid educational environments can enhance student engagement with course material while improving communication between and amongst classmates, including the instructor. This new hyper-connected reality, however, presents both challenges and opportunities in educating tomorrow’s natural resource leaders and professors must “meet students where they are” by communicating and teaching in relatable ways (i ...


Undergraduate Experiential Learning Activity To Improve Communication Skills And Engage Public School Students In Forest Ecological Principles, John R. Seiler, Nick Fuhrman, Carolyn Copenheaver, John Peterson, Shannon Fowler Mar 2012

Undergraduate Experiential Learning Activity To Improve Communication Skills And Engage Public School Students In Forest Ecological Principles, John R. Seiler, Nick Fuhrman, Carolyn Copenheaver, John Peterson, Shannon Fowler

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Since 1988, Virginia Tech has had various programs in which undergraduate students visited public schools and presented natural resources-based information One of the more popular presentations involved teaching public school students how to identify and measure forest vegetation. In 2008, the Ambassadors for Conservation Education (ACE) Program was developed to enlist a larger, more diverse student body to participate in forestry and agriculturally-related undergraduate degree programs. In this program, undergraduates visited two parks and six high schools with forest nearby to collect forest ecological data with high school students. At each park and school we established a series of 0 ...


Joomla As A Tool For Hybrid Or Online Course Development, Jeremy P. Stovall Mar 2012

Joomla As A Tool For Hybrid Or Online Course Development, Jeremy P. Stovall

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Joomla is a freely available content management system that streamlines development of complex websites. It is well-suited to the development of hybrid educational environments where online resources augment traditional classroom learning. While requiring more time and effort than most online learning management systems (e.g. Blackboard), Joomla-developed content can be made easily accessible to those not enrolled at an institution and can be maintained on department or college servers where faculty members can have greater control over their course materials. A user-friendly graphical user interface allows easy creation and management of individual webpages, while numerous freely available plugins and extensions ...


Pre- And Post-Course Assessment To Assess – Agri-Nres 103 Introduction To Agricultural And Natural Resource Systems, Gary L. Bailey, James Brandle, John E. Quinn Mar 2012

Pre- And Post-Course Assessment To Assess – Agri-Nres 103 Introduction To Agricultural And Natural Resource Systems, Gary L. Bailey, James Brandle, John E. Quinn

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Environmental Attitudes And Intentions: The Effects Of An Environmentally-Focused Study Abroad Program, Craig Matisoff, Roger L. Moore, Annette Moore, Michael Tarrant Mar 2012

Environmental Attitudes And Intentions: The Effects Of An Environmentally-Focused Study Abroad Program, Craig Matisoff, Roger L. Moore, Annette Moore, Michael Tarrant

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You Can’T Teach Wildlife And Fisheries Online, Can You? A Comparison Of Student Learning And Satisfaction In Two Online And Face-To-Face Courses, Melissa R. Wuellner, David W. Willis, Denise Peterson, Gail Tidemann Mar 2012

You Can’T Teach Wildlife And Fisheries Online, Can You? A Comparison Of Student Learning And Satisfaction In Two Online And Face-To-Face Courses, Melissa R. Wuellner, David W. Willis, Denise Peterson, Gail Tidemann

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Criticisms of online science courses are rooted in the lack to of hands-on learning experiences only available in the face-to-face (f2f) environment. Very few studies have compared student learning outcomes (e.g., assignment, exam, and final grades; level of learning achieved) and student satisfaction between online and f2f courses in the science curriculum, and none of these studies has been done for applied natural resources courses. We are currently conducting a quasi-experiment to compare student learning outcomes and satisfaction for online and f2f versions of two introductory wildlife and fisheries sciences course at South Dakota State University (WL 220: Introduction ...


Uwsp Cnr International Programs: Showcasing Three Models, Bobbi Z. Kubish Mar 2012

Uwsp Cnr International Programs: Showcasing Three Models, Bobbi Z. Kubish

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Contrasting Student Values About General Education Vs. Major Courses: Differences Among Majors, Sexes And Standing, John D. Bailey, Susis Brubaker-Cole, Bill Bogley, Milo Korstsky Mar 2012

Contrasting Student Values About General Education Vs. Major Courses: Differences Among Majors, Sexes And Standing, John D. Bailey, Susis Brubaker-Cole, Bill Bogley, Milo Korstsky

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Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites And Trails, Domenic Bravo Mar 2012

Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites And Trails, Domenic Bravo

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Process To Develop Rewarding Natural Resources Internships, Michael F. Butkus Mar 2012

Process To Develop Rewarding Natural Resources Internships, Michael F. Butkus

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A successful natural resources internship experience is a result of good planning, execution, and follow-up. The internship can be beneficial to the student involved, the employing entity, and the sponsoring university or college. This presentation will focus on a process designed to produce rewarding internship experiences for students in natural resources disciplines. The College of Natural Resources (CNR) at Utah State University is made up of three departments: Department of Environment and Society with majors in Environmental Studies, Human Geography, Geography Teaching, and Recreation Resources Management. Department of Watershed Sciences with majors in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Physical Geography, and ...


Dynamic Internship Programs: Comparison Between Two Universities, Mark C. Wallace Mar 2012

Dynamic Internship Programs: Comparison Between Two Universities, Mark C. Wallace

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Internship and experiential learning programs are compared between The University of Rhode Island (URI), Department of Natural Resources Science (1992-1996), and Texas Tech University (TTU), Department of Natural Resources Management (1997-current) through the periods in which I was associated with them. I review and compare the kinds of administrative support and faculty involvement, the numbers of students and kinds of opportunities provided in each program. Programs differed markedly: URI had invested faculty and support; whereas, TTU ‘encouraged’ students to participate. While data reported here does not account for differences due to regional or decadal influences, I illustrate that most differences ...


Field-Based Learning In Surface And Groundwater Processes: Preparing Water Literate Citizens And Water Resource Professionals, Sara L. Rathburn, Michael Ronayne, Stephanie Kampf, Ellen Wohl Mar 2012

Field-Based Learning In Surface And Groundwater Processes: Preparing Water Literate Citizens And Water Resource Professionals, Sara L. Rathburn, Michael Ronayne, Stephanie Kampf, Ellen Wohl

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Hydrologic field stations installed in the Cache La Poudre River basin will provide authentic field-based learning opportunities for non-majors and majors at Colorado State University to prepare a water literate citizenry and water resource professionals. Previous experience from a campus well field has demonstrated the effectiveness of local field-based instruction in water resources. Results from three semesters of perception surveys and pre- and post-knowledge tests show increased student satisfaction and knowledge gain in fundamental water concepts through the groundwater field exercise. The new hydrologic stations are designed to build upon these results to further improve undergraduate teaching and learning of ...


Formalizing Internship Experiences For Wildlife And Fisheries Undergraduates At Mississippi State University, Sam Riffell, Bruce Leopold Mar 2012

Formalizing Internship Experiences For Wildlife And Fisheries Undergraduates At Mississippi State University, Sam Riffell, Bruce Leopold

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Our department recognizes internships as a form of experiential learning that helps students integrate knowledge and practice, build professional networks and clarify career goals. We have pursued formal internship agreements with state and federal agencies (e.g., Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks, US Fish & Wildlife Service, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, Weyerhaeuser Company) to benefit our students and help agencies build pools of prospective employees. Students in our curriculum may earn up to 3 credit hours for internship as a professional elective, but it is not currently required. As a faculty, we have debated what types of professional experience qualify ...


First-Year Experience Course: Problem Solving, Inquiry, And Integration, Kimberly H. Cowgill, Donald J. Orth, Eric P. Wiseman, Dean F. Stauffer Mar 2012

First-Year Experience Course: Problem Solving, Inquiry, And Integration, Kimberly H. Cowgill, Donald J. Orth, Eric P. Wiseman, Dean F. Stauffer

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In an effort to address academic deficiencies outlined in recent studies, Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment redesigned its first-year experience class to fit their activities into three components of activities: problem solving, inquiry, and integrative learning. The problem solving component required students to define a problem, identify problem-solving strategies, and propose solutions and hypotheses. The inquiry component of the first-year experience included selecting a research topic, learning how to access information about the topic, learning how to evaluate existing information about the topic, and deciding which information to use to achieve desired results about the topic ...


Students To Empowered Professionals (Step) Mentoring Program: A Case Study, Susan P. Rupp Mar 2012

Students To Empowered Professionals (Step) Mentoring Program: A Case Study, Susan P. Rupp

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Student-professional mentoring programs provide an experiential learning opportunity capable of broadening the intellectual content of instruction by integrating theory and practice, increasing student motivation through applied knowledge, and encouraging students to develop their skills as independent scholars (Millenbah and Millspaugh 2003). In the spring of 2008, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at South Dakota State University offered a new course at the request of South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks entitled “Applied Habitat Management” (WL400). This experiential learning course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop a wildlife habitat management plan in a small group ...


Defying Distance Education: Building A New Recreation Resource Management Program, Robin L. Ceurvorst Mar 2012

Defying Distance Education: Building A New Recreation Resource Management Program, Robin L. Ceurvorst

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Repositioning Rangeland Education For A Changing World, Chris Call, Karen Launchbaugh, Laurie Abbott, Karen Hickman, Patricia Johnson, Mel George, Susan Marshall, Ed Krumpe Mar 2012

Repositioning Rangeland Education For A Changing World, Chris Call, Karen Launchbaugh, Laurie Abbott, Karen Hickman, Patricia Johnson, Mel George, Susan Marshall, Ed Krumpe

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Rangelands in North America and abroad are important ecosystems because of the vast areas they cover and the essential products and ecological services they provide. A strong workforce of well-trained professionals is needed to manage these ecosystems; however, undergraduate rangeland education faces several major challenges pertaining to curriculum content and resources, teaching approaches and faculty preparedness, and student awareness and recruitment. A collaborative project, developed in 2010 by members of the Range Science Education Council (RSEC) and funded by a USDA Higher Education Challenge Grant, addresses these challenges. The initial step is a needs assessment using focus groups with rangeland ...


New Iufro Initiative To Improve Forest Sciences Study Programmes: The Task Force Efs (Education In Forest Sciences), Siegfried E. Lewark, Piotr J. Paschalis Mar 2012

New Iufro Initiative To Improve Forest Sciences Study Programmes: The Task Force Efs (Education In Forest Sciences), Siegfried E. Lewark, Piotr J. Paschalis

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The system of higher education has been facing fundamental changes, triggered by globalization and global change, altering expectations of stakeholders and society from university graduates and novel insights of educational sciences – calling for a move from teaching to learning. Programmes of higher forest education have been challenged even more by changing societal demands, such as climate change, changing patterns of demands for ecosystem services, and novel resource governance systems. The development of forest sciences as well as of forestry curricula should adapt to or even anticipate those trends. Consequently development of forest sciences curricula should move towards: • Focusing on generic ...


The Cliff, The Rope And The Safety Net: Teaching Through Service Learning, Marc J. Stern Mar 2012

The Cliff, The Rope And The Safety Net: Teaching Through Service Learning, Marc J. Stern

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One strategy for a service-learning course is basically to push the students off of a cliff, dangle a rope, and hope they can not only find the rope, but also climb back up. This generally means getting students out there as quickly as possible, equipping them with some basic tools and knowledge to make sense of their experience along the way, and seeing if they can put it all together. A different strategy at the other end of the spectrum involves holding the students’ hands throughout the process – that is, being present when they are out in the real world ...


Faeis – The Food And Agricultural Education Information System, William W. Richardson, Mary Marchant, Eric Smith, Eric Vance, Lisa Hightower Mar 2012

Faeis – The Food And Agricultural Education Information System, William W. Richardson, Mary Marchant, Eric Smith, Eric Vance, Lisa Hightower

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The Food and Agricultural Education Information System (FAEIS) compiles nationwide higher education data for agriculture, forestry and natural resources and other related disciplines. Data include undergraduate and graduate student enrollment and degrees awarded, graduate placement, and faculty headcounts and salaries by rank and discipline. Recently FAEIS has partnered with the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs (NAUFRP) to meet reporting needs for the organization. FAEIS is used by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in responding to Congressional inquiries to support higher education and related USDA programs. Higher education administrators use FAEIS data in recruiting and benchmarking students ...


Pinemap Intern Program: Integrating Undergraduates Into Forest Resource And Climate Change Research And Education, John B. Kidd, John R. Seiler, Martha C. Monroe, Shobha Sriharan Mar 2012

Pinemap Intern Program: Integrating Undergraduates Into Forest Resource And Climate Change Research And Education, John B. Kidd, John R. Seiler, Martha C. Monroe, Shobha Sriharan

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The PINEMAP Intern Program is part of the Pine Integrated Network: Education, Mitigation, and Adaptation Project, a coordinated agriculture project (CAP) recently awarded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). A major goal of this CAP was to use educational projects to both integrate the scientific disciplines and expand the science to students and educators. Our Intern Program is one of the projects meeting this education aim. Our broad goal was to develop a program that will engage undergraduate students in interdisciplinary research, education and, potentially, future graduate studies. Principle ...


Participative, Blended And Networked Learning: Meeting Educational Needs In Australia’S Rangelands, John A. Taylor, Patricia M. Andrews Mar 2012

Participative, Blended And Networked Learning: Meeting Educational Needs In Australia’S Rangelands, John A. Taylor, Patricia M. Andrews

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This paper reports on the key elements and outcomes of a national educational initiative designed to meet identified learner preferences and stakeholder expectations of the knowledge and skills needed by ranchers, extension officers, Landcare and Natural Resource Management facilitators/advisors for future success in Australia’s rangelands. At the outset, research into the market for learning in rural and remote Australia was conducted. This led to the recognition that the existing courses available to this group did not meet the learning requirements of people living and working in the Rangelands in relation to current and emerging economic, environmental and social ...