A week-long summer field studies program for high school girls

Mount Holyoke College’s Restoration Ecology Summer Scholars Program (RESSP) is a summer educational program designed to introduce high school girls to the growing field of ecological restoration. Through this field studies program, students learn about key components of environmental science and restoration, including soil health, water quality, wildlife management, plant biodiversity, social issues related to ecological restoration, and restoration design. The program was first developed by REP alumna, Jovanna Robinson-Hidas ’16. Visit the program page for more information, photos, and the online application.


Educating undergraduates in the science, practice, and human dimensions of restoration

The vision for the Mount Holyoke Restoration Ecology Program is to establish a unique academic program that will provide a foundational education for MHC students in the diverse and interconnected disciplines composing ecological restoration. This program enriches the curriculum of students from a diversity of majors and provides formal training for students who wish to pursue a career in restoration ecology and related fields. Students participating in the program contribute to the science and practice of ecosystem restoration in two fundamental ways: 1) by helping to design real-world restoration projects with real-world consequences; and 2) by contributing to our understanding of ecosystem development and restoration practice by carrying out significant original research projects of their own design in topics that span the disciplines.


Hands-on educational opportunities open to the public

In 2016, REP hopes to begin offering a variety of workshops that will be open to both MHC students and the general public. A weekend workshop might highlight skills and concepts from restoration practice that attendees can put into use at their own homes – such as planning and constructing a rain garden to manage storm runoff, understanding soils, or recognizing and removing invasive species.

Stay tuned for more details!