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The core themes for all majors in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources are conservation, natural resources management, and applied ecology. If you are interested in enhancing your understanding of the natural environment, examining controversial topics in natural resources, and gaining an appreciation for disciplines and professions related to the majors in Aquatic Sciences, Forestry, and Wildlife, then this is the learning community for you. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to interact with faculty in the department through classroom learning, meals, and activities such as electrofishing, invasive plant species management, and more! There will also be opportunities to participate in social activities, including a welcome picnic and Halloween Party. Come learn with us about the nature of wild things!

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  • First-time beginning students admitted to the College of Agriculture with majors in Aquatic Sciences, Forestry, Sustainable Biomaterials, & Wildlife
  • First-time beginning students in Exploratory Studies

Residential Component

  • Optional for Male students in McCutcheon Hall
  • Optional for Female students in Harrison Hall
  • You will indicate your learning community housing preference within the learning community application. A signed housing contract is required to apply to this learning community.
  • Your roommate in many cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community


Fall Semester Only

Associated Classes

AGR 11900 - Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources Academic Programs

FNR 12500 - Environmental Science and Conservation

FNR 15000 - The Nature of Wild Things

Events and Activities Included:

  • Tour FNR Properties
  • Fish Sampling Demonstrations
  • Invasive Species Training
  • Discussions about readings related to the LC theme
  • FNR Halloween party
  • Game night
  • Ginko Gathering & Gala
  • Boiler Challenge ropes course

Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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