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Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (ASCI)

ASCI Students Create WOLFWISE Exhibit at ECHO Center

ASCI Wolfwise Students

Fourteen students from Dr. Pat Erickson’s Zoo Conservation service-learning class planned a one-day wolf education and conservation exhibit at the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington,Vermont, called WOLFWISE. This course was one of several service-learning courses taught at UVM this spring, which are designed to promote community service while learning new skills. Students were responsible for planning and implementing all aspects of the exhibit.

Throughout the semester the students prepared for the exhibit by attending lectures, traveling to meet wolves, planning their exhibit and working hard on the ideas that they had developed over the initial few meetings.

One student stated, “The big difference I saw and felt in this class compared to other classes was that each and every one of us really wanted to be there and was 100% committed to this project. That made a HUGE difference in our enjoyment of the class and ultimately in the quality of the work we produced. If only there could be more classes that made the students feel that way! Overall, I absolutely loved every minute of this class and I really feel that it was the most rewarding class I’ve taken thus far at UVM.”

The WOLFWISE event was a huge success. The students received accolades from the public and the ECHO staff and were invited to come back the following weekend and do it again!

Students working on a display.
Shelby Soares and Sue Pellegrini, ASCI students, assist with the Behavior and Communication matching game.

One of many displays at the ECHO Center.
One of many WOLFWISE exhibits on display at the ECHO Center.

Brittany Marble assisting in the children's area.
ASCI student, Kara McDonough, helps a young girl make a wolf mask.

Testing out the "wolf cave."
A young ECHO Center patron dons his mask and sits in the wolf den.

Photos courtesy of Jane Kennedy O'Neil

Last modified September 10 2008 11:40 AM

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