Frequently Asked Questions


FAQs for the CAP Field Experience

FAQs for the CAP 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 the NRCA Conservation Ambassador Program available to all students regardless of financial circumstances. Our program fees are determined by a sliding scale that takes into account annual household income and number of claimed dependents. Additional financial assistance may also be provided on a case by case basis.

The program fee for the NRCA Conservation Ambassador Program includes:

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

For the specific fees, click here and scroll to the bottom of the application for more details.

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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. When packing, choose items that can get dirty, are comfortable, and provide appropriate cover for walking through forests. We suggest the following:

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 for times when 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., comfortable shoes that are good for doing a lot of walking and can get muddy)
  • Water shoes (not flip flops)
  • Hat
  • Bathing suit
  • Clothes appropriate for outdoor activity and fieldwork (clothing that can get dirty)
    • 7+ pairs of field pants
    • 3+ pairs of field shorts (you will wear pants more often than shorts)
    • 7+ t-shirts
    • 3+ long sleeve shirts,
    • 1+ sweatshirt(s)
  • Comfortable clothes for indoor activities to change into after field activities
  • Rain coat/pants
  • One nice outfit for the closing ceremony presentation

Personal Items

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

Other Items

  • Laundry detergent
  • Alarm clock (optional)
  • Backpack
  • Pens/pencils
  • Notebook/paper
  • Laptop (optional)
  • Water bottles
  • Camera (optional)
  • Fan (rooms will not have A/C)

Please note that while the program does not prohibit students from bringing cell phones, they 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. Neither the NRCA nor the University is responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged personal items. Students are NOT permitted to bring TVs or appliances such as microwaves, refrigerators, or air conditioners.

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What not to bring?

Most 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:

  • Car/bike
  • MP3 players
  • Video games
  • TVs, microwave, A/C units or other appliances

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Where will I be living while at the CAP field experience?

You will be housed in co-ed residence halls on the UConn Storrs campus. Participants will live on gender-separated floors of the building or on separate floor wings, and will have separate bathrooms and shower rooms. All NRCA students will share common areas of the residence hall for meetings and activities. At check-in, students will learn which dorms they will be staying 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?


  • 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 


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


  • 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 is reasonably needed during the week. Medical kits, supplies, and certain permitted over-the-counter medications will be provided 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 19, 2020 (Sunday)

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

To be determined

Map of Campus

11:00 a.m. - 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, July 25, 2020. Parents and friends are invited to attend the closing ceremony on Saturday that features student presentations.

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How do I apply?

Visit the Apply page for an overview of the CAP application process. Students need to submit a completed Conservation Ambassador Online Application Form, a $25 application fee, and have their teacher submit an Online Teacher Recommendation Form in order to be considered for the Conservation Ambassador Program. Applications are due April 30, 2020.

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

The CAP coordinator will help you identify a potential community partner before the field experience in June, or if needed, in July, 2020. 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 support students in identifying 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 (

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I have more questions.

More questions? Please contact us and we will be happy to answer additional questions you may have (see contact info below).

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