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11th Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources


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 Welcome BCUENR 2016 (February 25-27, 2016)


BCUENR DNR Building.jpgExplore teaching and learning innovations while addressing issues facing educators in natural resource fields at the Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources (BCUENR). The faculty and staff at the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point are excited to host the 2016 BCUENR conference.

About the Conference:

The conference typically blends plenary and breakout sessions devoted to issues surrounding and methods for engaging students in learning. Topics reflect the diverse subject areas, techniques, and perspectives of faculty and administrators across a broad spectrum of interests and responsibilities.BCUENR Classroom.jpg

The conference is aimed at faculty and administrators interested in national trends in curricular issues and innovative teaching methods in natural resource fields. Graduate and undergraduate students as well as agency and organizational partners who design and conduct educational programs are encouraged to attend. Education in forestry and wildlife has been the traditional focus of the conference, but we are reaching out to include all natural resource-related disciplines. Most participants come from the United State and Canada; however, international guests are welcome.

While much of the focus is on strategies and practices associated with college and university classes, the conference will include techniques and programs associated with the full spectrum of Extension and continuing education audiences, ranging from K-12 students and teachers to scientist and professional resource managers. It will include practices used within universities to foster and reward good teaching and effective learning.

Quick Facts CNR at UW-Stevens Point:

  • The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is home to the nation's first conservation education major created in 1946 and formed into the College of Natural Resources in 1970.
  • The surrounding area includes 160,000 acres of forest land; 32,000 acres of wetlands; 31,000 acres of public lands within a 20-mile radius of campus; 64 streams and 135 lakes offering numerous opportunities for hands-on, real world experience and recreation opportunities.
  • We are home to strong outreach and extension programs broadening the opportunities available to our students.
  • To ensure our students success, we provide a resource center (Student Success Center) devoted specifically to the needs of our students.BCUENR Outdoor Classroom.gif

Past Conference Hosts:

Penn State (1996), Utah State (1998), the University of Missouri-Columbia (2000), North Carolina State (2002), Northern Arizona (2004), Michigan State (2006), Oregon State (2008), Virginia Tech (2010), Colorado State (2012) and Auburn University (2014) hosted the ten previous conferences.

The series arose from two prior conferences held in Denver (1992) and then Syracuse (1994). This tradition of examining and sharing ideas in natural resources pedagogy extends from the early roots of professions represented by participants in these conferences. 


Conference Contact Information:

Jessica Tomaszewski




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