Course description: Through 13 day-long field trips, this course will cover principles of conservation planning on both farm and rural settings and on urban development sites. Students will also study firsthand the broad range of practices typically used in Ohio and far beyond to protect water resources and water quality, and restore or protect wildlife habitat, on farms and forests and on development sites and pipeline construction.
This Maymester course was one of the most exhausting yet one of the most rewarding I have ever taken. Daily field trips took students to rural and urban sites to see conservation practices in crop fields, livestock operations large and small, nutrient management, stream restoration, stormwater runoff, green infrastructure, stream restoration, and even oil and gas wells. We visited several county Soil and Water Conservation Districts and heard from federal, state and county officials each day.
Course syllabus (pdf)