Put 100 teenagers in the woods for a week, in a place with spotty cellphone service, and you’d think they’d be bored.
But teach them about the nature there, allow time for fishing and swimming, offer the occasional climb up a 10-story oak tree, and “the kids really seem to love it,” said CFAES’s Marne Titchenell, co-director of the Ohio Forestry Association’s 66th annual Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp.
Five years ago, David Hanselmann helped launch the Environmental Professionals Network, a statewide professional group based in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.
Since then, EPN has grown to have nearly 2,000 members. It’s held 55 public monthly Breakfast Club programs, which typically draw more than 125 people, and five signature events, whose top attendance has been 1,400.
Ohio State’s Stone Lab on western Lake Erie, CFAES student Adam Cupito says in the video above, is a “great place to see evolution in action.” It holds college-credit summer courses in the biological and environmental sciences. All of them emphasize hands-on, feet-wet, in-depth study in the field — especially in the lake and on its islands. Check out the list of courses.
Registration is open for CFAES’s 2016 Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute. The program is for environmental, natural resource and sustainability professionals and volunteers who lead or aspire to lead collaborative processes to achieve more sustainable organizations, businesses and communities.
This year’s program, says co-organizer Joe Bonnell of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, will focus on “sustainable infrastructure as a topic area, but, as always, the purpose of the program is to build capacity in Ohio to engage in constructive dialogue and build collaborative partnerships across sectors and disciplines to address complex environmental and natural resource issues.”
Wooster’s 2016 Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair, a celebration of ways to be sustainable, is April 19 at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. It’s free, part of Earth Week, and everyone’s welcome. Find out more. (Photo: Wavebreakmedia Ltd.)
Hey, teachers (and other students, too): Stone Lab, Ohio State’s island campus at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie, still has scholarships available if you’re interested in taking a class there this summer. Read the story …
Laura Arenschield reports on M. Sanjayan’s talk at Ohio State last night in today’s Columbus Dispatch. She quotes, among others, CFAES student Emma Grace Matcham: “Dr. Sanjayan calls on each of us to see nature not as a luxury, but as a necessity.” Matcham is a forestry, fisheries and wildlife major in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Details about that major are here.