University-based Extension specialists often face the dilemma of scheduling time for both teaching and outreach activities. Service learning projects that give hands-on experience in the application of classroom activities while giving back to the community can bridge this gap. A demonstration forest and service learning techniques were used to help 30 undergraduate forestry students lead a forestry field day for 100 elementary school students. Upon completion of the project, undergraduate students were more confident in their forestry knowledge and played an important role in the success of a natural resources Extension demonstration and outreach project.
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Barlow, R. J. (2012). Natural Resource Service Learning to Link Students, Communities, and the Land. The Journal of Extension, 50(5), Article 13. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol50/iss5/13