VT UCF is proud of our partnerships with institutions of higher education to increase community capacity and produce high-quality products to benefit urban and community forestry efforts statewide. Since 2012 we have partnered with over 25 different classes at the University of Vermont (UVM), Middlebury College, the Community College of Vermont, and Champlain College to engage over 750 college students with VT UCF's work completing hands-on service-learning projects and assisting over 20 Vermont communities in stewarding and managing their urban forests. Additionally, we regularly hire college interns to assist us with major projects.
Some examples of past service-learning projects include:
- All 200+ freshmen in UVM's NR1: Natural History and Field Ecology participated in the fifth year of the i-Tree Eco Burlington Assesesment. The project was revisioned to focus on three specific wildland park properties to monitor the progress of reforestation efforts over time. VT UCF and the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative were the collaborative partners on this project. See the final report here.
- A student in UVM's NR 206: Environmental Problem-Solving conducted outreach regarding the Vermont Village Greens Initiative and led a webinar on her multi-year contributions to the project.
- Middlebury College Students in Tim Parsons's January term Urban Forestry course prepared Emerald Ash Borer Preparedness plan for Middlebury College.
- For their senior capstone project in UVM's NR 206: Environmental Problem-Solving, five students took the inital steps in coordinating an effort to designate UVM as a Tree Campus USA and helped in organizing UVM's first official Arbor Day Celebration.
- Nine students in the STAR (Students Taking Alternate Routes) Program at Northfield High School worked with VT UCF to inventory the 80+ trees on the Northfield Schools properties.
Contact us if you are interested in exploring how a student project might benefit your community, are a college student interested in exploring an internship with us, or if you are an educator interested in incorporating experiential learning and urban forestry into your teaching.