PLANT THE SEED FOR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
The Global Environment I and II introductory sequence through the KU Environmental Studies Program offers students a unique, interdisciplinary introduction to the challenges facing our planet and our communities. Because this course introduces students to the humanities, physical, life and social sciences, it is essential for faculty to provide them with foundational tools and experiences. This is a critical entry point for students who are exploring what their contributions to addressing these challenges might be. Our faculty value experiential learning opportunities as a key instructional tool and a catalyst to inspire and retain students in this program.
Field trips present hands-on experiences for students to learn and practice in a real-life setting. They offer students who are enrolled in the introductory course a chance to explore and encounter differences within their surrounding spaces while leveraging those experiences and knowledge. This helps students develop cultural awareness around our environmental future and makes them part of the global effort to collectively shape society locally, regionally and globally.
The cost to provide these important experiential learning opportunities often creates a financial barrier for students who endeavor to get out of the classroom and into the world. To make these experiences possible, private support is necessary to help cover program costs.
“I really enjoyed the hands-on aspects of this lab. The soil sampling, plant identification, and field trip to the research station were all very engaging.”
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The KU Environmental Studies Program seeks to offer four or more field trips per semester. Your contribution toward funding these field trips transforms the fundamentals of this interdisciplinary course, positioning leadership and faculty to open the classroom doors and get students outside to explore our ever-changing planet. Help students study the landscape while progressing their community environment and beyond through experiential learning!
Your gift to the Environmental Experiential Learning Fund makes a difference:
Through your generosity, you will plant the seed to help students grow through these life-changing experiences!
Focusing on civic responsibility and environmental understanding, this experiential learning practice aims to prepare KU students for lives of learning, research and discovery in an increasingly complex and diverse global community. We appreciate your thoughtful consideration of a gift to support KU Environmental Studies students!
Covers entrance fees for a student for a field trip.
Purchases field study materials for a course field trip.
Fulfills a student's per diem for field activities
Funds lodging needs for a student on an overnight trip.
Provides in-state tuition for credits towards field study.
Funds one lab section to take a local field trip to the KU Field Station or a local farm.