On Wednesday November 15, the Environmental Stewardship teaching team arranged a Stewardship Opportunity Open House. This open house had staff and guests share about their professional, academic, and recreational experiences related to environmental stewardship. Seminar topics around art, land and wildlife conservation, writing and sustainability were offered to students to attend. Listed below are several of the seminar descriptions to give more insight on the seminars offered to students.
Bruce and Sam Crownover from Madison, WI are parents of a CS15 student and visited for the open house to discuss environmental art and advocacy. As an Environmental Artist, Bruce shared about environmental activism through art. His latest project "The Last Glacier" highlights the effects of climate change through print. Art students worked with Bruce on Thursday and Friday to gain more hands-on learning from the professional artist. He used the academic building gathering space to instruct students on screen printing.
Assistant Director of Student Instruction, Eleva Potter, talked about sustainable living skills. Before joining Conserve School August 2015, Eleva had spent some time out west living in a sustainable community. She shared with students the unique ways to gain skills by living and working in communities that value the Earth and people. Students specifically explored different eco-villages and folk schools to consider how they may incorporate sustainable living in their lives.
Environmental Stewardship Teaching Fellows Emma Velis and Hannah Barg shared their experiences related to land restoration. They shared more about what land restoration is, as well as who the people and organizations are that are in charge of this kind of work. The teaching fellows discussed the theories and ideas that guide land restoration, as well as the exciting range of jobs in the field.
A.P. Environmental Science teacher, Leanna Jackan, provided students information on research opportunities with federal organizations. This research helped Leanna build skills in college and she told stories about her experience with the Aquatic Ecosystem Health Branch of the United States Geological Survey.
Outdoor Skills Teaching Fellow, Kate Witkowski, shared with students opportunities such as internships, jobs, and academic research in Wildlife Ecology. Students learned from Kate about the challenges and rewards of working in wildlife ecology. Kate specifically shared about her undergraduate research on flying squirrels in Land O' Lakes and work with the DNR including testing of deer for Chronic Wasting Disease.