NRCA's Conservation Ambassador Program is a unique opportunity for high school students to learn about natural resources science and conservation biology from UConn professors, graduate students, and each other. This video was shown to parents, students, and staff at the end of the 2014 field experience.
We realize that each student has a story and that this field experience has an unique effect on everyone involved. We hope that this short video gives you the sense of the grand narrative of the Conservation Ambassador Program.
The mission of NRCA’s CAP is to engage high school students from a variety of backgrounds in natural resource science and to provide transformative learning opportunities for students to interact physically, intellectually, and creatively with local environments while contributing to environmental solutions in their own communities.
Expertise and resources available at UConn and the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment will support this mission.
During the one-week training experience, students will stay in college dorms and eat in the dining halls. With the 2,100 acre UConn Forest as a classroom, students will explore various components of the natural environment, as well as nearby lakes, streams, and wetlands.
With help from local conservation leaders, students will apply new knowledge and tools to complete a conservation project in their local community and obtain credit through their high school. Students will present their work at the annual Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources in March.
NRCA's CAP was awarded the 2016 Maria Pirie Environmental Education Program Award by the New England Environmental Education Alliance.