Adventure Education students and faculty presented at the 2018 Vermont Walk Bike Summit: Blood, Sweat, & Gears: Cycling Based, College Service-Learning Projects that Promoted Human Health, Community Development, and Tourism.
GMC students Katherine Catania, Cecile Walsh, and Professor Andrew G. Bentley of Adventure Education, jointly designed and presented: Blood, Sweat, & Gears: Cycling Based, College Service-Learning Projects that Promoted Human Health, Community Development, and Tourism, at the May 4th 2018 Vermont Walk Bike Summit held in White River Junction, Vermont. The Summit brought together cycling advocacy groups, landscape architects and engineering firms, and regional planning commissioners to discuss the current trajectory of walking and bicycling activities nationally and in the state of Vermont, and plans for the future.
The talk had 3 aims. It described:
- Design and implementation of a GMC academic course that increased access to natural resource-based activities and improved resiliency of an underserved population
- Student learning perspectives from partnering with a nonprofit trails organization, a municipal park, and a community bicycle shop that amounted to nearly 200 hours of community service
- Identified strategies for building future partnerships among institutions of higher education and their local communities
As a result of the talk, the Adventure Education program was invited to collaborate on three different planning projects across Vermont and New Hampshire.