During a Fall 2018 sabbatical, Nancy Holcroft, professor, Biology, developed experiential learning opportunities for JCCC students through two projects. The first project involved the creation of a dual-listed JCCC Honors/Science Special Topics biology course based on the National Collegiate Honors Council’s “Partners in the Parks” model. This course, to be offered in Spring 2020, will allow JCCC students to explore first-hand the biodiversity of the Black Hills and Badlands regions of South Dakota. In the second project, Holcroft performed servicelearning at Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory and Education Center in Louisburg, Kansas, in preparation for offering service-learning contracts in her JCCC General Zoology and Biology of Organisms courses. These experiences are summarized herein, including a comprehensive sabbatical summary, the draft course outline for the new Special Topics course, service-learning journals and summary evaluation, and a Cedar Cove service-learning white paper written for students considering service-learning at that facility.



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