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Service Learning

In service learning courses, students provide a service to meet a community’s needs, helping the community and allowing the students to gain a deeper understanding of course content.

During the 2010-2011 school year, CNRE offered 15 courses that contained a service learning component.  Nearly 200 undergraduate and graduate students participated in these classes.

Department of Sustainable Biomaterials:

  • Sustainable Nature-Based Enterprises (WOOD 3004 and WOOD 5984)
  • Packaging and Material Handling (WOOD 3224)
  • Green Building Systems (WOOD 3324)
  • VTLean (WOOD 5974)

Department of Geography:

  • Appalachian Communities (GEOG 3464)
  • Web Mapping (GEOG 5984 and GEOG 5985)

Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation:

  • Urban Forestry and Arboriculture (FOR 3354)
  • Environmental Interpretation (FOR 3524)
  • Environmental Education Service Learning (FOR 3574)
  • Agroforestry (FOR 4334)
  • Integrated Forest Management Practicum (FOR 4444)
  • Urban Forest Management and Policy (FOR 4454 and FOR 5454)

For more information on service learning and other programs that connect students to the community, see VT Engage | The Community Learning Collaborative.


  •     Headshot of Robert L. Smith
  • Robert (Bob) L. Smith
  • Associate Dean for Engagement and Head, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials
  • (540) 231-7679
  • rsmith4@vt.edu
  • College of Natural Resources and Environment
    324 Cheatham Hall
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

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