Aug. 10, 2016
Sixteen high school students from Indianapolis visited IU Bloomington last month to take part in hands-on learning as part of the inaugural Summer Experience in Sustainability and the Environment.
The program, developed by the Integrated Program in the Environment with support from the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs and its Community and School Partnerships, brought a multidisciplinary approach to connecting youth with environmental studies.
It included activities at the university’s Research and Teaching Preserve, such as hiking, stream sampling, nature writing and nature drawing.
The IU Summer Experience in Sustainability and the Environment program is designed to engage high school students in educational experiences focused on sustainability and the environment. The program aims to expand the students’ awareness and understanding of environmental issues and expose them to sustainability education. It targets students of color and prospective first-generation college students, who are underrepresented in environmental and sustainability studies.