Connecticut College students collaborated with the Office of Volunteers for Community Service (OVCS) and the Connecticut College Arboretum to design and implement an environmental education program.
Connecticut College students give engaging age-appropriate and content-specific tours that involve hands-on educational activities. Given to groups of children, youths or adults in the Arboretum, the tours last approximately one hour, during which tour guides show visitors the various habitats in the Arboretum, discuss how human and animal influences affect these habitats, and explain the necessity for environmental conservation.
An Arbo Project student coordinator works closely with the OVCS staff to oversee the scheduling of tours and coordination of the student tour guides.
Over the course of one academic year, free tours are given to over 300 youths from local schools and community groups. Tours are also given to families during the College's Earth Day celebration and during Reunion weekend.
For more on the College's environmental efforts, visit the Sustainability at Connecticut College and the Connecticut College Arboretum websites.
OVCS Contact Information:
College Center at Crozier-Williams
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196