As part of the Campus Ecology Project, students are brought into a leadership role, conducting research and leading campus-wide initiatives including mapping ecological systems on campus, soil properties and identification, bird identification, deer tracking, and more. We identified 7 anticipated outcomes for the project:
- University of Lethbridge students will gain hands-on experience through unique course models and volunteer experiences;
- Lethbridge's community and University students will increase their understanding of Blackfoot ways of knowing and practices as well as prairie bioregions;
- Access to Blackfoot community will be increased for university students;
- The University of Lethbridge will continue to build a long-lasting relationship with the Blackfoot Confederacy;
- Native plant species and other restorative measures will be implemented on University campus grounds;
- Health and sustainability of the University campus grounds will be increased;
- The mental health and wellness of students and community members will increase as they gain more access to urban green spaces.
The hands-on, experiential learning components bring students out into the field to conduct their field work. From digging up soil samples, to collecting wildflower seeds and following deer interactions, our cohort students spent their time outside learning about the land.