Natural resources students work with specialized computer software such as GIS (global information systems) and GPS (global positioning systems) in a 21st century computing environment.
Nearly every Natural Resources course has a lab period, during which outdoor labs and field trips are used to connect students to various ecosystems from river and lake systems to agricultural landscapes near campus
Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge, the largest prairie and wetland restoration project in the nation, lies only 10 miles east of campus. Here students learn about ecosystem restoration throughout the year.
The 85-acre Red River Valley Natural History Area (containing prairie, marshes, and forests) is located within walking distance of campus and is used extensively for practice in conservation techniques and nature observation.
On campus is the Nature Nook , a student-driven environmental landscaping project featuring restored prairie, butterfly garden, waterfall and pond, Boreal forest bog garden, deciduous forest, and oak savanna.
UMC's Huot School Forest, a twenty minute drive from the campus, serves as an outdoor classroom and laboratory.
The Pankratz Memorial Prairie, totaling nearly 800 acres, is within 10 miles of the campus. The preserve is habitat for the greater prairie chicken and is an excellent area for observing this unique bird
John Loegering, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Natural Resources program at the University of Minnesota Crookston, discusses the various emphases or program tracks in the major and what sets UMC apart. He describes the applied nature of the program and how that benefits students. One of his main areas of research is in wildlife ecology.
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