In conservation we discuss local, national & global conservation issues while our students get a chance to work with a local conservation organization. These service learning opportunities are a great chance to get to know what fascinating things are being done in conservation, but also allow students to develop networking, computer, interpersonal & experimental protocol skills. Each week, students reflect on their service learning experience to increase their awareness of themselves as learners. Some of the projects this year include developing an ad campaign to interest generation Y & Z in conservation, designing an experiment to determine whether painting or wrapping trees in wire mesh deters beavers better, analysing a large data set on riparian health of ranches, developing a way to reduce observer bias in assessing native fescue abundance, and summarizing & synthesizing information to improve regulations on ATVs.
Zoee Fenelon & Danika Schramm have been working with CPAWS to develop teaching materials for elementary school teachers. “We have really enjoyed being creative and coming up with fun activities for elementary school kids to learn about trees.”
Lisa Grant is working in Weaselhead, comparing plots of native fescue grass and recording the size and health of individual fescue clumps. The purpose of this project is to find a better data collection method which helps to reduce the amount of research bias in the data.
Learn more about Dr. Mary Ann McLean – Associate Professor, Biology