Service Learning Projects

  • UVM seniors conducted a study on the state-owned forest behind the Vermont Statehouse in 2012.
  • All incoming freshmen in UVM's Rubenstein School take an introductory natural history course and have since 2011 worked with VT UCF and the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative to monitor Burlington's urban forest.
  • Students in a Forest Ecosystem Health class survey ash trees in South Burlington.
  • UVM students in a Landscape Design class worked with VT UCF on the Vermont Village Greens Initiative, creating design concepts for 8 greens across the state.
  • UVM students survey ash and maple trees along Winooski's city streets to monitor health in light of the threat of emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle.
  • Students in Community-based Natural Resource Management at UVM help put on the Vermont Town Forest Summit and visit the Barre Town Forest with a resident.

VT UCF is proud of our partnerships with institutions of higher education statewide to increase community capacity and produce high-quality products to benefit urban and community forestry efforts statewide.  Since 2012 we have partnered with over 20 different classes at the University of Vermont (UVM), Middlebury, the Community College of Vermont, and Champlain College to engage over 750 college students with VT UCF's work to complete hands-on service-learning projects, assisting over 20 Vermont communities in stewarding and managing their urban forests.  Additionally, we hire college interns every semester to assist us with major projects.  Contact us if you are interested in exploring how a student project might benefit your community, are a college student interested in exploring an internship with us, or if you are an educator interested in incorporating experiential learning and urban forestry into your teaching.

Explore the tabs below to see some of the great urban and community forestry work done by college students at different Vermont institutions:

VT UCF Service-Learning Student Projects

 

Fall 2016

  • All 200+ freshmen in NR1: Natural History and Field Ecology participated in the fifth year of the i-Tree Eco Burlington Assesesment; the project was revisioned to focus on three specific wildland park properties to monitor the progress of reforestation efforts over time.  VT UCF and the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative are the collaborative partners on this project. Final report available here
  • Five students in NR 206: Environmental Problem-Solving helped VT UCF celebrate its 25th anniversary as a program by conducting interviews of previous grant winners, coordinating a week-long social media campaign, creating a brouchure targeted towards college students, and tabling at UVM. 

Fall 2015

  • All 200+ freshmen in NR 1: Natural History and Field Ecology participated in the fourth year of the i-Tree Eco Burlington Assesesment; VT UCF and the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative are the collaborative partners on this project.

Spring 2015

  • A student in NR 206: Environmental Problem-Solving designed and coordinated two guided forest walks to highlight the value of town forests.
  • A student in NR 206: Environmental Problem-Solving conducted outreach regarding the Vermont Village Greens Initiative and led a webinar on her multi-year contributions to the project.

Fall 2014

  • A student in NR 243: GIS Practicum created a suite of maps to accompany the Johnson Public Tree Inventory report.
  • A graduate student in NR 343: Fundamentals of GIS created maps to help Middlebury refine its tree planting goals. 
  • All 200+ freshmen in NR 1: Natural History and Field Ecology participated in the third year of the i-Tree Eco Burlington Assesesment; VT UCF and the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative are the collaborative partners on this project.

Spring 2014

  • The ten students in NR 235: Forest Ecosystem Health conducted a tree health inspection and inventory of all of the ash and maple trees located within the public right-of-way in Winooski, VT.
  • Five seniors in NR 206: Environmental Problem-Solving inventoried all trees on ten town greens as part of the Vermont Village Greens initiative; they developed a full report to discuss the composition and benefits of the trees on the greens in Essex, Montpelier (downtown and Statehouse lawn), Northfield, St. Albans, Swanton, Vergennes, Waitsfield, Westford, and Williston.

Fall 2013

  • All 200+ freshmen in NR 1: Natural History and Field Ecology participated in the second year of the i-Tree Eco Burlington Assesesment; the students collected field data on 70 selected plots (of the 200 long-term plots); VT UCF and the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative are the collaborative partners on this project.
  • Two seniors in NR 206: Environmental Problem-Solving inventoried all trees on nine greens as part of the Vermont Village Greens Initiative and assessed their benefits using the i-Tree Streets program.  The nine greens were in: Barre (Currier Park and Vermont City Park), Bristol, Burlington (City Hall Park), Jericho, Middlebury, New Haven, Shelburne, and Waterbury.
  • Also as part of the Vermont Village Greens Initiative, twenty-five students in PSS 137: Landscape Design Fundamentals conducted existing condition analyses and created conceptual sustainable designs for seven greens (Bristol, Burlington, Jericho, Middlebury, New Haven, Shelburne, and Waterbury).   
  • Also as part of the Vermint Village Greens Initiative, twelve students in PRT 138: Park & Recreation Design made recommendations to the Village of Fair Haven for improvements to the community's village green.
  • Two seniors in NR 206: Environmental Problem-Solving worked at South Burlington's TREEage Community Tree Nursery to increase capacity and map the 50+ trees that have been planted along neighborhood streets from the nursery (final report).
  • Four students in NR 25: Measurements & Mapping validated, updated, and converted six of Branch Out Burlington's Tree Walks to Google Maps.
  • Eight student in NR 25: Measurements & Mapping conducted ash inventories and developed reports for Essex and Richford.  
  • The twenty sophomores from the Honors College course Trees & Culture inventoried and profiled the trees on UVM's main green.
  • Thirty students in NR 285: Community-based Natural Resource Management helped to raise awareness about the emerald ash borer by tagging ash trees in Burlington (Burlington Free Press article).
  • A student in NR 243: GIS Practicum created maps overlaying impervious cover, population density, and existing tree canopy cover to help VT UCF prioritize communities with which to work on a USFS-funded grant project. 
  • A student in NR 243: GIS Practicum used maps to estimate overall tree canopy cover at UVM in support of UVM's Tree Campus USA application.

Spring 2013

  • Ash tree inventory for the City of South Burlington completed by twelve students in FOR 235: Forest Ecosystem Health
  • For their senior capstone project in NR 206: Environmental Problem-Solving, five students took the inital steps in coordinating an effort to designate UVM as a Tree Campus USA and helped in organizing a UVM Arbor Day Celebration.
  • Two seniors in NR 206: Environmental Problem-Solving explored the historical, ecological, economic, and social value of the state-owned forest behind Vermont's State House and developed a website to capture what they found.
  • Five seniors in NR 206: Environmental Problem-Solving collected stories, cultural histories, and photographs of ten prominent village greens statewide; this project became the impetus for the Vermont Village Greens Initiative.

Fall 2012

  • Inventory and health assessment of 92 ash trees in the Taft's Corners shopping area of Williston.  Project was completed by three students in NR 25: Measurements & Mapping.
  • All 200+ freshmen in NR 1: Natural History and Field Ecology participated in the pilot year of the i-Tree Eco Burlington Assesesment; 200 random fixed plots were established across Burlington and the students contributed to the baseline assessments of the plots; VT UCF and the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative are the collaborative partners on this project.  This report was developed based on the initial year's data..
  • Pest introduction pathways maps for 37 VT communities (examples: Barre, Montpelier, St. Albans) prepared through NR 243: GIS Practicum by one student.
  • A duo of seniors in NR 206: Environmental Problem-Solving assisted in raising campus-wide awareness of Branch Out Burlington, Burlington's volunteer urban forestry stewardship organization.  They hosted a number of informational meetings and developed outreach materials.
  • Digitization of a portion of South Burlington's street tree inventory (viewable in Google Earth) by a student in NR 243:GIS Practicum.

PLANT. LIVE. GROW.