The Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA) enables intergenerational learners to generate real conservation benefits to Connecticut communities by providing the tools and support to carry out conservation-based service-learning projects.
Conservation Ambassador Program (CAP) engages teens in a weeklong intensive field experience at UConn, and a 10-month conservation project. The field experience immerses teens in natural resources science and arms them with skills used by professionals to address current environmental issues. Students then design individual conservation projects in their own community under the guidance of community partners and UConn faculty members. The program culminates when students present their work at the Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources.
Conservation Training Partnerships (CTP) similarly seeks to educate participants about natural resource science and catalyze on-the-ground conservation projects. The specific focus of CTP is to promote lifelong learning and intergenerational partnerships by engaging teams of teens and adult volunteers in a two-day geospatial technology and conservation workshop, followed by a conservation project designed and implemented by each team.
Teacher Professional Learning (TPL) extends the NRCA experience to secondary science teachers. This three-day professional development workshop immerses teachers in relevant regional water resource issues, and provides teachers with online mapping tools to encourage their students to study these issues further. Each teacher designs five to seven lessons for a Water and Sustainability Science Unit aligned with specific Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations.
Here’s how you can impact our Academy:
- $10--Food and snacks during CAP field day for a student
- $25--Field supplies for a student
- $50--Conservation project supplies
- $100--Plants for a rain garden installation
- $1,400--Sponsor a students participation in the CAP program
Learn more about NRCA