News A living classroom: restoring wetlands. An ambitious wetland restoration project comes to life on the Mount Holyoke College campus. The era of restoration ecology is here. See how undergrads are digging in, designing experiments, answering questions, monitoring progress, and taking the lead in reversing ecosystem degradation From restoration ecology to cardiology Future physician Jailene Rodriguez ’20 gained hands-on lab experience in high school via Mount Holyoke’s Restoration Ecology Summer Scholars Program. Professor helping restore local cranberry bog Kate Ballantine’s research on environmental revival and ecosystems at a former cranberry bog in Plymouth investigates the effects of climate change. Restoration Ecology Program springs ahead Mount Holyoke’s Restoration Ecology Program tackles environmental challenges and seeds the field’s future by engaging students in local high schools. This MHC alum has a blueprint for success Through its engineering and sustainability programs, Mount Holyoke has given Farah Rawas ’17 the resources she needs to help her community in Beirut. MHC’s Ballantine helps restore cranberry bog Kate Ballantine’s research on environmental revival and ecosystems at a former cranberry bog in Plymouth investigates the effects of climate change. Experiencing the living classroom More than 100 high school students spent the day at Mount Holyoke’s restoration ecology site, learning about the environment from the ground up. MHC ecology program walks the walk Mount Holyoke College’s restoration ecology program has opened a boardwalk, inviting the community to learn about the science and enjoy the sights. Ballantine wins Clean Water Action award Assistant Professor Kate Ballantine was recognized as an “Environmental Ground-Breaker” for her ecological restoration work. Plant research: It’s in her genes Using the College’s living lab, Tina Le ’18 developed her own independent study and gained hands-on research experience in the field of plant genetics. Plants. With purpose. The Botanic Garden is a living, curated collection of plants that can be used, much like the Art Museum or library, for classes of all disciplines. Wetlands as a restoration ecology classroom MHC professor Kate Ballantine teaches restoration ecology by restoring a small campus stream and adjacent wetlands.