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University campuses are multi-purpose spaces, with public institution campuses typically hosting a suite of functions serving local communities, including access to libraries and scholarship, adult learning programs, and episodic events such as public health campaigns and tax preparation support. University campuses also provide excellent spaces for activities that enhance and support their educational mission, including open space that can be used for course-based research, inquiry-led projects, methods training in the social and natural sciences, and artistic work. Here, I explain how I have used the UMaine Farmington campus to teach inquiry-based environmental science while providing campus-based service-learning to the community garden and the campus forest. I also detail how campus-based environmental research was successfully conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Teaching Matters, Volume 3 : Essays by Faculty and Staff of the University of Maine at Farmington



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