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2016 Funding Priority | Amount needed $15,000 | FUNDEDfunded_01 funded 01

Each year, approximately 4,000 students attend a residential field science course at the NatureBridge campus located on Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park, but due to a lack of funding, most students never have the chance to meet a ranger during their 3-day or 5-day course. The “Ranger on Campus” project would provide funding for a ranger to be stationed on campus and to teach alongside NatureBridge educators, bringing the “flat hat” to campus.

The ranger would be on campus during the busiest spring session and into the summer field research courses. Extended experiences in nature/wilderness with a trusted mentor have the potential to become transformative experiences for youth. NatureBridge has a long track record of providing these kinds of experiences. Strengthening our partnership benefits both organizations and creates an even more relevant and meaningful experience for students on campus.

Public support for science and research and science-based management decisions begins with a scientifically literate public. As students conduct their own inquiry science project, the “Ranger on Campus” will lead students in the practices of science and discovery in a national park, including participating in long-term monitoring of park resources. In addition, the “Ranger on Campus” program has the potential to indirectly reach thousands of students each year and strengthen their connections to the parks.

This is an ongoing project.