SEU Connect

December 2008

Headlines from the Hilltop

St. Edward’s Gains Access to Living Lab

Wild Basin Entrance Studying nature up close and personal just got a lot easier for students thanks to the recent affiliation between St. Edward’s University and Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve. The university has formed an affiliation with the Austin-based 227-acre preserve to create a living laboratory for research and hands-on learning. While the land affords plenty of opportunity for conducting ecological, behavioral and biodiversity studies, plans are afoot for all of the academic schools at St. Edward’s to use Wild Basin.

Students Get Wild about Learning

Entomology students from the School of Natural Sciences were among the first to take part in the preserve in September, where they volunteered for Wild Basin’s “Wild About Insects” event, part of the annual Austin Museum Day. This fall, Environmental Science students from the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences completed internships in the Wild Basin Environmental Education and Land Management programs. And Community Psychology classes have participated in the preserve’s various volunteer programs.

Wild Basin TrailThe three remaining schools are exploring opportunities at Wild Basin as well. The School of Humanities could send Art students to sketch nature or stage outdoor performances. In addition, the School of Management and Business could host leadership training there, while School of Education students could train tour guides who teach about the preserve.

“This collaboration honors the mission of both organizations and greatly expands the educational opportunities for students at St. Edward’s,” says President George E. Martin.

About Wild Basin

Located along Capital of Texas Highway in Austin, Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve was founded in 1974 to protect its 227 acres of pristine Texas Hill Country.