UW River Falls – Ecological Restoration Institute

UW River Falls — from which I once had a fake ID — opened the Ecological Restoration Institute within the Plant and Earth Science Department.

Like a lot of university-based programs, they’re tackling real-world problems with restoration projects on campus. At this point, they have a target area but haven’t decided what to restore it to: meadow or wetland. So, you know: Stage Zero.

“The hands on experiences prepare students for the work place,” said Kelsey Cowart, Ecological Restoration Institute program manager. “They are earning trainings and with the restoration projects, they will be able to use those skills to provide them experience that will help build their resume.

“We want students to engage in all parts of the restoration process in hopes that will make them more marketable to employers and help them earn a job within their career path that much faster.”

Press release for the opening of the Institute on October 28, 2020.

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