Letter from the Head

Experiential learning is a key part of our forestry curriculum. Students in the Forest and Natural Resource Management program participate in several multi-week field sessions during the summer at the Cloquet Forestry Center and Hubachek Wilderness Research Center, as well as shorter field trips in many of their St. Paul-based courses. While this experiential learning is critical to training the next generation of leaders, it also imposes additional cost to students in terms of tuition, room and board, as well as lost income from summer internships or employment.

One of my priorities is to reduce the cost of attending the field sessions so that no student is deterred from enrolling in our major because of added costs. To help achieve this, the Department of Forest Resources has made support for student experiential learning the centerpiece of its current funding initiative, which is part of the University of Minnesota’s Campaign. If you would like more information about how you can help, please contact me at mkilgore@umn.edu. Thanks again for all you do to support our programs!

-Professor and Head Mike Kilgore