John Callahan recently traveled to Costa Rica for Partners in the Park, which is an outdoor learning experience supported by the National Collegiate Honors Council. PITP projects at national parks across the country offer unique opportunities for collegiate honors students and faculty to visit areas of the American landscape noted for their beauty, significance and lasting value. Topics covered through this trip included biological corridors, tourism, tropical mountain ecosystems and transition zones, ornithology, herpetology, sustainable agriculture and other topics based on the availability and expertise of seminar leaders. Although the primary focus was on the resources, management and issues in the parks, students also had the chance to participate in a humanitarian service project and an afternoon of river rafting.
I had a wonderful trip with the Appalachian Trail PITP program two weeks ago. The Virginia mountains were gorgeous and I learned a lot about conservation issues along the trail. Included are a few pictures from the trip. Some are of my group doing trail maintenance volunteer work, some are of the forest, and one is of me at the Blacksburg Farmer’s market during the trip. I am deeply grateful for you and the Honors program for giving me this unforgettable experience!