Innovative Support and Scholarship for Local Communities

The Center for Rural Partnerships connects the needs and goals of rural communities to the research, outreach, and educational capacity of the University. Our partners include community groups, policy makers, schools, elected officials, health-care providers, economic developers, the arts, entrepreneurs, and others who are working together to promote a high quality of life in rural New Hampshire. Our work falls into three essential areas:

 Partnership development: Using its knowledge base of partners and contacts, the Center creates opportunities for rural stakeholders to develop collaborative projects with the University’s students and faculty or with other regional partners.

Community-level applied research: The Center for Rural Partnerships is a catalyst for the development of engaged, community-driven rural scholarship. We help community partners develop research questions, identify funding sources, and partner with student and faculty researchers at both Plymouth State and other institutions.

Educational programming and workshop development:  The Center works with community partners to create and present faculty-led workshops, civic engagement sessions, and educational programming across all disciplines and areas of expertise.

Since emerging from the Rural Matters Summit in 2006, the Center for Rural Partnerships has developed an innovative community engagement model that specifically supports the work of our partners while aligning with the outreach and engagement priorities of Plymouth State University. We welcome you to explore these pages, learn more about what we do, and contact us!


What’s Happening @ CRP

Partnership Development:

Rachelle Lyons and Marylynn Cote, in conjunction with the Plymouth State Office of Sustainability, organized a table serving “solar smoothies” at this year’s Common Ground Environmental Fair.

Daniel Lee was named to New Hampshire’s Economic Development Advisory Council as economist for a three-year term. He attended his first meeting in March.

Ben Amsden facilitated a discussion on “Rural Development Around National Parks and Forests” for a group of Russian national park directors hosted by the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.

Applied Research:

Graduate student Micah Hall presented his research project titled “A Visual Approach to Generating Normative Standards of Quality for Two Squam Lake, New Hampshire Hiking Trails” at PSU’s 2014 Student Showcase of Excellence.

Gradutate student Jessica Wilhelm, along with undergradute student Taylor Dillingham also presented their research project titled “Meat Production, Processing and Market Demand in New Hampshire” at PSU’s 2014 Student Showcase of Excellence.

Daniel Lee and the Center for Rural Partnerships have been awarded two contracts to provide research services – one from the Appalachian Mountain Club to perform an economic impact analysis of their backcountry hut system, and one from the New Hampshire Timber Owner’s Association to articulate the impact of logging activities in Coos and Grafton Counties.

As part of the CRP’s Coos County Outreach Initiative, Rachelle Lyons worked with Social Science student Taylor Dillingham to conduct a membership survey and facilitate action planning for the North Country Farmer’s Coop.

Ben Amsden submitted a research report describing the demographic, activity, and spending profiles of New Hampshire visitors during the summer seasons of 2012 and 2013 to the New Hampshire Department of Travel and Tourism Development. To learn more about CRP’s in partnership with the Institute for NH Studies, click here!

Educational Programming:

The Center’s Student Engagement Laboratory welcomes Brittany Snow (COGS), who will be working with Ann Berry on her Training for Educators in Rural Areas (SATERA) project. This project is funded in part by the Center’s Rural Community Education Institute (RCEI), which funds faculty projects relating to professional development in Grafton County

Ben Amsden and Mark Okrant participated as panel discussants at a recent Tourism Development Toolkit Series workshop hosted by the Route 3 Retrotour owners association. The workshop, held at Funspot in Weirs Beach, focused on collaborative marketing strategies for regional tourism destinations. To learn more about the Route 3 Retrotour, click here!

The CRP’s Field Engagement Program saw a group of ten students from multiple departments visit a farm in Colebrook to learn about sustainable agriculture in the North Country. The students, led by Rachelle Lyons, spent the day installing a greenhouse, developing irrigation, and completing spring chores.

Ben Amsden facilitated a discussion on “Canadian Visitors to New Hampshire” at the annual USFS frontliner training workshop at White Mountain Attractions in Lincoln.

Rachelle Lyons and Charlie Burke (NH Farm To Restaurant Connection) gave a talk titled “The Local Food Movement In New Hampshire – Why It Matters” at NHTI as part of their “Wings Of Knowledge” lecture series.


The Ammonoosuc Atlantic Salmon Survey:

An Experience in Service Learning

Environmental Science and Policy undergraduates recently partnered with NH Fish & Game and Trout Unlimited on the Ammonoosuc Atlantic Salmon Survey.

Students had a chance to build field skills, network with professionals. It also prompted deep consideration of  just how complex environmental decision making can be. Students asked questions about why fish stocking programs even exsist, what implications stocked  fish populations have on native populations.   The experience underscored the relationship  among environmental, social and economic concerns

For more info and to check out the video follow this link to the PSU YouTube channel:

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Contact Us

Mailing Address:
MSC 68, 17 High St.
Plymouth State University

(603) 535-3275 (Voice)

Ben Amsden
(603) 535-3276

Marylynn Cote
Administrative Assistant
(603) 535-3271

News & Events

CRP in the News!

CRP is excited to partner with the NH Chapter of the National Writing Project!

Field Engagement Program: Snowy Owl Expedition Video