UConn Training and Youth Engagement

UConn's Natural Resources Conservation Academy

Conservation Training Partnerships

For Teens & Adults

NRCA's Conservation Training Partnerships (CTP) is a new and exciting program for both high school students (grades 9 to 12) and adult conservation volunteers. This program includes a 2-day workshop that introduces participants to basic concepts in natural resource management and conservation and user-friendly online mapping technology that can be utilized to study and address local conservation issues. At the workshop, teen and adult partnerships are formed to carry out conservation projects in the participants’ hometown. Our goals are to both educate our “intergenerational” students and to help jump-start local conservation projects around the state similar to the Conservation Ambassador Program. We will be holding two CTP workshops in 2017 and four in 2018.

Workshop #1
Dates: July 10-11, 2017
Location: University of Connecticut Main Campus, Storrs, CT

Workshop #2

Dates: July 13-14, 2017
Location: TBD, New Haven, CT
Applications due April 1, 2017

Learn more or apply today at http://nrca.uconn.edu/. If you have any questions, contact us at nrca@uconn.edu or 860-486-4917.

Conservation Ambassador Program

For Teens

NRCA's Conservation Ambassador Program (CAP) is great for high school students (grades 9 to 11) that are interested in the environment or science. Students participating in the CAP will learn about a wide range of topics related to natural resources and the environment, including units on water, forestry, soil, fish and wildlife, landscape ecology, and habitat protection. Students will actively engage in each of these units in both classroom and field activities during a week-long field experience at the University of Connecticut (UConn). Upon completing the field experience each student will then work on a ten-month conservation project in his or her community under the guidance of a community partner (e.g. land trust member). To date, NRCA’s CAP has partnered with a number of land trusts on community projects that directly advance conservation strategies throughout the state.

Field Experience
Dates: July 16-22, 2017
Location: University of Connecticut Main Campus, Storrs, CT

Community Project
Dates: June, 2017 to March, 2018
Location: Participant's home town
Applications due April 1, 2017

Learn more or apply today at http://nrca.uconn.edu/. If you have any questions or are interested in being a community partner, contact us at nrca@uconn.edu or 860-486-4917.

Teacher Professional Learning

For Middle & High School Teachers

NRCA’s Teacher Professional Learning provides a 3-day professional development workshop for upper middle school and high school science teachers who teach in the Earth Sciences (via integrated or stand-alone courses). Participants will be immersed in relevant local and regional water resource issues and online mapping tools to study these issues further. The workshop will also offer curricular and technological resources that participants will use to design 5-7 modules on a Water and Sustainability Science unit underpinning particular Next Generation Science Standards’ Earth and Space Science Performance Expectations.

TPL Workshop
Dates: August 16-18, 2017
Location: University of Connecticut Main Campus, Storrs, CT

Applications due April 1, 2017

Learn more or apply today at http://nrca.uconn.edu/. If you have any questions, contact us at nrca@uconn.edu or 860-486-4917.