Dozens of new students leapt at the chance to make the Denver Campus more beautiful, promote local produce and practice their kiting skills.
Around 30 students participated in the experiential learning project last month, about 25 of whom were from UC Denver. Students planted 10 trees near the North Classroom Building as part of the Mile High Million Tree Campaign, made kites for the Salvation Army and created signs for Grow Local Colorado, a local non-profit aimed at promoting locally grown food. Students also potted herbs for Bessie’s Hope, an organization that helps to improve life for residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The day ended with rock climbing at the PE Event Center.
“We were delighted that so many students chose to participate and I was particularly amazed at their willingness and energy,” says Lydia Hooper, board member of the Sustainable Campus Program and UCAN Serve AmeriCorps Program Coordinator at the UC Denver Experiential Learning Center. “When it came time to plant the trees, they quickly found partners and got them in the ground.”
The goal was to inspire and educate students about the importance of sustainability as well as the power of service, Hooper explains. Staff were equally inspired by the students and encouraged to continue planning such events.
“It is only by doing that we truly understand the knowledge we have received for we are able to both see how it is applied as well as observe its impact on others and ourselves,” Hooper says.
Several volunteering opportunities are coming up throughout the semester for students, faculty and staff. Find out more at the Experiential Learning Center website.