Frequently Asked Questions

 

FAQs for the Field Experience

FAQs for the Community Project


Where is the field experience held?

The field experience is held at the University of Connecticut’s Storrs campus.

University of Connecticut
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

W.B. Young Building
1376 Storrs Rd.
Storrs, CT 06269-4087

Directions: Google Maps | Directions

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How much does it cost and what is included?

It is our mission to make NRCA's Conservation Ambassador Program available to all students regardless of financial circumstances. Students who need help with part or all of the program cost should submit a completed Conservation Ambassador Online Financial Aid Application Form. Financial aid is need-based and is awarded on a sliding scale to qualifying applicants.

Students receiving free or reduced lunch may submit a document of their Free/Reduced Lunch enrollment in place of the Conservation Ambassador Online Financial Aid Application Form.

The cost for the NRCA's Conservation Ambassador Program is $895, and includes:

  • Field experience activity supplies
  • Field experience food and lodging
  • Field experience transportation
  • Community project support for 10 months
  • Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources (CCNR) registration fees for student, community partner and one adult

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What should I bring?

Each day will be packed with fun activities! You should expect to spend a lot of the day outdoors and being active, including walking and hiking throughout the day. Also, keep in mind the potential for variable weather. So, when packing choose items that can get dirty, are comfortable, and provide appropriate cover for walking through forests. We suggest the following:

Clothing
Comfortable, casual clothing is appropriate for most sites and activities. Please remember that you will be working with University professionals – we encourage you to dress in a manner that is respectful to students and staff members. Also, please keep in mind the potential for variable weather and for varied temperatures within buildings (e.g., it might be hot outside but cold in an air-conditioned building). We encourage you to bring extra clothes in case you get dirty and would like to change during the day. Please consider the following suggestions and site-specific expectations for clothing items:

  • Sneakers/hiking shoes (e.g., shoes good for doing a lot of walking, that can get muddy, and that are comfortable)
  • Water shoes
  • Hat
  • Bathing suit
  • Clothes appropriate for outdoor activity and fieldwork (e.g., clothing that can get dirty--including several [7 or more] pairs of field pants, a few pairs of field shorts [you will wear pants more often than shorts], several [7 or more] t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, and a sweatshirt)
  • Comfortable clothes for indoor activities to change into after field activities
  • Rain coat/pants
  • One nice outfit for closing ceremony presentation

Personal Items

  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc.)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Medications
  • Shower caddie
  • Extra set of contacts/glasses
  • Towel for lake swimming

Other Items

  • Pillow (if desired; one will be provided)
  • Blanket (if desired; one will be provided)
  • Extra bath towels (if desired; one will be provided)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Alarm clock (not required)
  • Backpack
  • Pens/pencils
  • Notebook/paper
  • Laptop (not required) and Ethernet cord (if bringing a laptop)
  • Water bottles
  • Camera (if desired)
  • Fan (rooms will not have A/C)

Please note that while the program does not prohibit students from bringing their own personal electronic devices such as PDA’s and iPods, these items are to be used in an appropriate setting (i.e., in dorm rooms in the evening after daily activities) and maintained by the student. Students will not be allowed to use these devices during daily activities. If you do bring these items, you do so at your own risk. Neither the NRCA nor the University is responsible for any lost or damaged personal items. The University does not have wireless service and cannot provide Ethernet cords. Students are NOT permitted to bring cell phones, television sets or appliances such as microwaves, refrigerators or air conditioners.

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What not to bring?

Much of the necessities you will need are provided for you while at the field experience, including:

  • Pillows/bed linens (unless you want your own pillow)
  • Blankets
  • Food (food and snacks will be provided)

Students should leave the following items at home:

  • Cell phone
  • Car/bike
  • MP3 players
  • Video games
  • Television sets, microwave, A/C units or other appliances

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Where will I be living while at the field experience?

You will be housed in co-ed residence halls on the UConn campus. Male and female participants will live on separate floors of the building or on separate wings of a floor, and will have separate bathrooms and shower rooms. All NRCA students will share common areas of the residence hall for meetings and activities. Students will learn what dorms they will be staying in at check-in. The program coordinator and graduate student staff will stay in the dorms to supervise students.

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What is a typical day like?

Morning

  • Breakfast from 7:00-8:00 a.m.
  • After breakfast, students will meet in an assigned classroom or lab for orientation of the day’s events, then they will be transported to the field site for hands-on activities 

Afternoon

  • Bagged lunch at noon
  • Field/lab/computer activities
  • Break

Evening

  • Dinner and break from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Evening, fun activity from 7:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Return to dorm by 10:00 p.m.

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What if I take medications?

Administration of medication will be the responsibility of the participant. Only bring as much medication as reasonably needed during the week. Medical kits, supplies, and certain over the counter medications will be administered to students, if needed.

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What if I have allergies, physical exercise limitations, or special meal requirements?

As part of your Medical History Records Form, we will ask you to indicate allergies and physical exercise limitations. UConn routinely deals with a wide range of special meal requirements, which you can indicate on the application forms.

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When and where do I check-in?

Date Location Check-in Time

July 16, 2017 (Sunday)

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

To be determined

Map of Campus

10:00 am - 12:00 p.m.

 

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When do we check-out?

Check-out of the dorm will follow the closing ceremony on Saturday. Parents and friends are invited to a closing ceremony of student presentations on Saturday, July 22, 2017.

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How do I apply?

Visit the Apply page for an overview of the application process. Students need to submit a completed Conservation Ambassador Online Application Form, mail in a $25 application fee, and have their teacher submit a Conservation Ambassador Online Teacher Recommendation in order to be considered for admission. Applications are due April 1 of each year.

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I don't know any conservation leaders or community decision makers. Who should I choose for a community project partner?

The program coordinator will help you choose a community partner by June (before the field experience). Contact the program coordinator to start discussing potential community projects and partners.

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I know exactly what I want to do for a project. What should I do now?

Contact the program coordinator to discuss any ideas you might have for a project. We make every effort to match students with desired projects.

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I have questions about the community project. How do I find out more?

Contact the program coordinator by email (nrca@uconn.edu) or phone (860-486-4917).

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I have more questions.

Didn't answer all of your questions? Please contact us and we will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.

Laura Cisneros
NRCA Program Coordinator

University of Connecticut
Department of Natural Resources & the Environment
1376 Storrs Rd., Unit 4087
Storrs, CT 06269-4087

Tel: 860-486-4917
Fax: 860-486-5408
E-mail: laura.cisneros@uconn.edu or nrca@uconn.edu

 

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