Hands-on Learning

The Ecosystem Science & Restoration program gets you outside to bring to life what you learn in the classroom

All students in the Ecosystem Science & Restoration program learn by doing and by spending time in the field. Field components are integrated into many of the courses. The heart of the program is a three-semester capstone experience. You'll work with local scientists and restoration practitioners to design and conduct an experiment or to plan and implement a research or restoration project. As part of your capstone projects, you'll write grant proposals to fund your work, organize volunteer days to engage local citizens in restoration, and learn the nuts and bolts of the field. You'll also give professional presentations and interviews with the media. The capstone experience reinforces classroom learning, while starting you on your career while earning your degree.

All ESR students complete a practicum, internship or research project. Read more about each: