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The core theme for all majors in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is sustainable resources management. 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 Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences, Forestry, Sustainable Biomaterials, 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, weekly meals in the residence halls, and activities such as electrofishing, invasive plant species management, and viewing the migration of Sandhill Cranes. There will also be opportunities to participate in social activities, including a picnic, game nights, and a Halloween party, to name a few. 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

  • Students from this learning community reside in McCutcheon Hall
  • Information about this residence hall can be found here
  • Circumstances preventing a student from living in this hall, such as participating in the Honors College or living off-campus, will be taken into consideration when conducting the placement process
  • 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 and Spring Semesters

Associated Classes


AGR 11900 - Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources

FNR 10300 - Introduction to Environmental Conservation

FNR 19800 - Wild Things Learning Community


No courses

Events and Activities Included:

  • Tour FNR Properties
  • Garlic mustard pull/honeysuckle eradication event at FNR property
  • Wolf Howl at Wolf Park
  • Fish Sampling Demonstrations
  • Soundscape Ecology Presentation
  • Invasive Species Training
  • Discussions about readings related to the LC theme
  • FNR Halloween party
  • Game night
  • Ginko Gathering & Gala
  • Boiler Challenge ropes course
  • Community service project - De-trash the Wabash

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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