The Carthage BIO/EDU/ENVS/ 271 course taught by Dr. Tracy Gartner (Environmental Science/ Biology/Geography) and Dr. Prisca Moore (Education) promotes service learning through participation in the community to restore the environment. In collaboration with the Earth Partnership for Schools Program sponsored by the UW Arboretum, students participate in outdoor education to develop an understanding of environmental restoration and then work in collaboration with teachers and students from the local schools to plan and implement restoration projects. By observing and learning about prairie restoration and succession, students apply that knowledge to strengthen environmental education in the community and the schools. Carthage students from this course work with cooperating teachers and their students on planning, implementing, and evaluating prairie restoration projects. The long term goals of this course are to have students develop an appreciation for stewardship for the environment and begin a habit of community service as well as reinforce the positive presence of Carthage in the community by connecting Carthage students with K-12 students.
Harborside Academy is an expeditionary learning preparatory high school in Kenosha that is occupied by 110 freshmen. This school uses hands-on learning and relies largely on community participation as a learning tool. In their current project, they are working with Carthage College to take a plot of land in Hawthorne Hollow and create a rain garden. They are researching and learning about prairie plants and flowers that will be in the prairie. They must know details like color, bloom period, the soil, amount of water and sunlight they need. Once it is well-established, it will be a self-maintained prairie.
Written by Chelsea Steves