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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 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 and participate in field activities such as electrofishing, forest 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 Animal Sciences, Aquatic Sciences, Forestry, & Wildlife
  • First-time beginning students in Exploratory Studies or Biological Sciences

Residential Component

  • Optional. The location of learning community housing will be determined based on the incoming size and needs of the learning community. 
  • A signed housing contract is required to apply to this learning community. Once a housing contract is completed, you will indicate your learning community housing preference within the learning community application. Applications received by the priority deadline will be considered first. 
  • If you want to be placed with a preferred roommate and be admitted to a learning community with an optional residential component, both you and your roommate must apply (and be admitted) to a learning community with an optional residential component. Students admitted to learning communities with a required residential component cannot be paired with students admitted to learning communities with an optional residential component.
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  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying to a learning community. If you have questions about housing, contact University Residences ( at


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


AGR 11900 - Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources Academic Programs

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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