Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

Last changed: 05 November 2019

This course involves a rigorous 3-week excursion including alpine hiking, full days in the field, and almost daily site visits with natural resources practitioners and faculty.

In 2020 the course starts Monday June 29 in Prague – and the field trip ends in Sweden Saturday July 25. The travel will go via the Tatra mountains, by Białowieża Forest in Poland (the last remnant of native temperate forest in Europe) and end up in central Sweden.

This course involves students from NC State, Purdue University and the Swedish Agricultural University (SLU). Students work in teams to examine varied topics within the broad scope of natural resources sustainability.

After the first organizing week with lectures and local field trips, the class departs from Prague to travel. Along the way, the class visits examples of resource management where professional managers, policy makers, and practitioners provide insights to the past, present and future issues involved in commodity production, conservation, and protection of natural resources. Faculty at all three universities plan and participate in delivering material, arranging tours with hosts, and grading student deliverables based on lectures and excursion experiences.

Transport will be by bus or public transit as available and required for activities and locations visited in cities and small towns and rural locations. Lodging will vary from dormitory-style accommodations to youth hostels and tourist cabins. In most cases, students will occupy two-person rooms sharing bathroom facilities. Overnight ferry travel (included in program cost) will probably be required.

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