To address this need, this project will evaluate a solutions-focused open space management practicum course in collaboration with the San Francisco Bay Area’s Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, a land conservation organization. The researchers have already piloted this effort at Stanford. The practicum models how universities and land trusts might create on-the-ground conservation impact by engaging students and land managers in research to produce conservation solutions. Once evaluated at a local and regional scale, the researchers will expand the work nationally through networked partners, such as the Land Trust Alliance. They aim to develop a digital interactive atlas and other tools; expand to other conservation agencies; enhance research opportunities for students; expand, apply and share evaluative research; and develop model projects and tools to share nationally.

Learn more about the Realizing Environmental Innovation Program and other funded projects.


Principal Investigators:

Nicole Ardoin, Professor of Education

Deborah Gordon, Professor of Biology

Project Team:

Sarah Truebe, Student Affairs, Haas Center for Public Service

Rebecca Niemiec, E-IPER Ph.D. Candidate