The Land Stewardship Program
The Land Stewardship Program (LANDS) is a unique partnership between the University of Vermont (UVM) Rubenstein School of Natural Resources (RSENR) and the Student Conservation Association (SCA). In their traditional roles, RSENR provides undergraduates with a high quality environmental education for the 21st century, and the SCA provides young people with meaningful conservation service experience in the professional world. LANDS is the merger of these two goals – a College Conservation Corps. LANDS crews provide on-the-ground support to land management agencies, and in exchange receive tremendous real world education, as well as a modest stipend. In other words, LANDS is service-learning to address today’s conservation needs. The name LANDS is a creative amalgamation of the words Land and Stewardship.