Coast to Coast and in Between

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Students study varied ecosystems through EcoLeague program

Whether you’re delving deep into research at the Center for Sustainable Education, getting your hands dirty at the College Farm or wading into the water with the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM), there are plenty of ways to explore sustainability at Dickinson. And that’s only the beginning, thanks to the EcoLeague, a selective network of American liberal-arts colleges that allows students to continue their studies across different natural ecosystems.

Now in its 13th year, the EcoLeague connects colleges dedicated to environmental stewardship, social change and sustainability education, and students enrolled in participating colleges may take intensive courses at any other EcoLeague institution. Dickinson joined the EcoLeague in 2014, and the first two Dickinson EcoLeaguers took part in the semesterlong program last fall.

“I think it’s really cool that you can go to two schools and extract as much information from both schools as you can,” said Claire Jordy ’17 (environmental studies), who is interested in apple farming and attended the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, last fall.

“It’s such an amazing program that Dickinson offers,” said Tess Zahn ’18 (environmental science), who worked with sea otters through the U.S. Geological Survey while studying at EcoLeague partner Alaska Pacific University. “I feel like I learned a lot about myself and what I want to do in the future.”

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Published March 17, 2016