See our Community Project page for projects completed by past NRCA students.
After you have completed the field experience at UConn and returned home, your work with NRCA's Conservation Ambassador Program is still just beginning! Each of you will have the chance to design and complete a unique project within your local community. But, you won’t be alone – the program coordinator and other NRCA team members will be there to help get you started and check in with you along the way. We will also help you connect with a community partner, an expert in your local community, who will help you develop your ideas and work with you to complete your project. Below is a schedule and guidelines to help you get going:
Start thinking about project ideas. What subjects interest you? What do you think would be useful in to your community? Be creative! At the same time, start thinking of potential community partners. Do you know a person/organization in your town that does something similar to what you want to do? During this time you will work with the program coordinator to identify a community partner and project. Contact the coordinator immediately to help get the ball rolling on your community project.
Connect with your community partner and begin your project! During this time you can refine or modify your project based on new skills and knowledge you gain from the field experience. Also, this is the time to sit down with your community partner and the program coordinator to develop a timeline of the things that need to be accomplished to complete your project by March.
Begin collecting your data/carrying out your project. Starting in August, the program coordinator will be checking in with you every other week to make sure your project is going well and see if she can be of assistance. Of course, if you need help in between the bi-weekly check-in, do not hesitate to contact her!
Continue to collect your data/carrying out your project! If you are doing outdoor work, you will want to be sure to complete most of it before it becomes too cold, especially if the seasons affect your study organism or system. Also, during the fall you will gradually begin to work on different components of your poster for the Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources (CCNR; click here to visit the CCNR website).
Analyze your data and continue working on your CCNR poster.
In February, perfect your poster and register for Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources. You will want to have a first draft of your poster by mid-February and a final draft by the end of February (see specific dates below).Details on how to register for CCNR will be emailed to you when we are closer to the date.
Present your conservation work and conference poster at CCNR (UConn main campus at Storrs)! At the beginning of March, make sure you have emailed your final version of your conference poster to the program coordinator to be printed, and make sure you have registered. All of your NRCA friends will be at the conference and will be excited to see what you have been up to.
February 13, 2017: First Draft of Poster Due
February 27, 2017: Final Draft of Poster Due
March 13, 2017: NRCA Student Poster Presentations at the Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources (CCNR). A detailed schedule of the day will be posted on the CCNR website.
Your posters are a way to showcase the work you have done on your community project. You will present your posters at the CCNR on March 13, 2017. Posters must be submitted to the program coordinator by February 13, 2017 for review.
Each poster will be printed at UConn, and the NRCA will cover the cost of printing. Once you submit your poster, we will have it printed and laminated. The program coordinator will be in charge of printing and hanging posters. All you have to do is show up ready to present your project.
Please use the following template to create your poster in PowerPoint: Poster Template
Parts 1 & 2: Getting Started and Making a Title
Part 3: Methods
Part 4: Introduction
If you have any questions, email the program coordinator!
Students need to arrange for transportation to and from UConn on Monday, March 13, 2017. If assistance is needed in arranging transportation, please contact us. We will not be able to help with last minute requests. Students are responsible for being excused from school to attend CCNR. Please let us know if you need our signature or written acknowledgement of attendance.