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Conservation Academy Creates Connections with the Environment
Sheila Foran
University of Connecticut
At first glance, the activities at the Natural Resources Conservation Academy looked much like those at any traditional summer camp. There were team-building exercises. A cookout or two. A night spent sleeping under the stars.
What was not immediately evident was that these Connecticut high school students were just beginning a process that will take them far beyond a week spent in Storrs.
The Conservation Academy was made possible largely due to the generosity of an anonymous donor who confronted John Volin, professor of plant physiological ecology in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, with the question: “If you had $20,000 to $50,000 for the Natural Resources Department for up to 10 years, what would you do with it?”
Volin observed that a lot of young people today have a disconnect with their natural surroundings, and while a one-week camp in the summer is both fun and challenging, he said, “We also wanted them to continue working on environmental issues once they return to their own communities. That’s what makes this a special program; we’re not just giving kids a one-week program, we’re helping to create lifelong advocates for natural resource protection.”
Conservation Academy Creates Connections with the Environment | UConn Today
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