Field Engagement Program

At Acadia National Park

Environmental Science & Policy students along with CRP staff at Acadia National Park

The Center for Rural Partnerships, Field Engagement Program is designed to help students and faculty enthusiastically create learning experiences that serve the region while acknowledging the experience, perspective, and success of our partners.

Working with communities and professional partners, more than 30 students from 5 different majors:

  • Observed snowy owls in Acadia National Park to learn field research methods
  • Built a greenhouse on a local farm in Colebrook to learn about sustainable agriculture in northern New England
  • Mapped hiking trails in the Gale Family Forest to learn about recreation ecology


In January 2014 Plymouth State University’s Center for Rural Partnerships traveled to Acadia National Park with a group of students to search for snowy owls and collect data for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird program.

Field experiences like this provide a unique opportunity for students to conduct actual field work and discover what is like to work as an Environmental Scientist. Campus videographer Jeremy Gasowski, accompanied by student assistant Roy power, joined the FEP to document the expedition. Watch the YouTube video below to learn more!



On April 13th, CRP’s Field Engagement Program, brought 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 Lyonsspent the day installing a greenhouse, developing irrigation, and completing spring chores.

CRP's Field Engagement Program in Colebrook NH


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