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Community Engagement in Environmental Geosciences

Authors: Sarah Radencic Lalk*, Mississippi State University
Topics: Environmental Science, Field Methods, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: community engagement, environmental, field methods
Session Type: Poster
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A community engagement course focused on Environmental Geosciences was developed as a method to incorporate both field practices and explorations of environmental geosciences into a local community as an effort to increase engagement with the residents through outreach opportunities. The course was implemented both on-campus and online, with outreach activities incorporated to increase understanding of local environmental resources and community interactions. The course was designed to be applicable in communities across regions through the utilization of student choice within their local area. Instructional scaffolding appropriate to online learning environments will be provided - with multiple forms of instruction and modeling, especially for the field experiences, that will include video interactions by both the instructor and students. Course activities included participation and planning citizen science experiences, along with local field experiences to observe community interactions with regional environment; evaluation of case studies involving multiple environmental impacts to create an analysis and report; field excursions to identify and evaluate of various environmental concerns in local communities; completion of a community environmental sustainability evaluation; and participation in multiple forms of community engagement linking environmental themes related to the geosciences to needs identified in the local areas. Poster will provide an overview of the first implementation of this senior/graduate level course.

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