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Environmental Center in Montana Given to University of Utah

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October 4, 2013

Salt Lake City — The University of Utah College of Humanities has announced that the Environmental Humanities Education Center in Lakeview, Mont. will be gifted to the University of Utah and renamed the Taft Nicholson Environmental Humanities Education Center.

The interdisciplinary facility has hosted pilot programs and workshops for the past three years intended to engage the humanities and deepen and enliven environmental study. The Environmental Humanities Education Center, which includes 16 acres of land in the Centennial Valley, will now become a fully approved center operated by the University of Utah.

“We are truly grateful to the Tafts and Nicholsons as well as to the Conservation Endowment Fund for creating a center that allows all those who visit a rare opportunity to explore an environment with incredibly diverse ecosystems,” said Robert Newman, dean of the College of Humanities. “This gift represents a tremendous resource for the University of Utah as an education center for environmental research and transformative pedagogy.”

Located north and east of the Continental Divide along the Montana-Idaho border, the Centennial Valley contains the largest wetland complex in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. The programs and workshops at the center provide an educational experience that introduces students and visitors to the ecology, history, wildlife and conservation value of the area.

“The center allows students to go beyond the traditional classroom experience,” said Mary Tull, director of the center. “Here, students take their classroom knowledge into the field, where they can apply what they’re learning to practical solutions for real-world ecological problems.”

Situated in a fully restored ghost town, the facilities include housing and meeting spaces for workshops, research activities, private events and corporate retreats. The center serves not only the University of Utah, but many other schools, non-profit organizations and private groups wishing to host programs that combine the humanities, arts and environmental studies.


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