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Sustainability Education

Located in the southeast corner of the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus, the Sarita Wetland is what remains of the Sarita Lake, which was drained in the 1800s. The Sarita Wetland Restoration Project began with the creation of the former Sustainable Campus Initiative in 2000. The purpose of the project was to implement innovative storm-water management techniques on a substantial area of campus. For more detail on the history of the Sarita Wetland, see this page.

In addition to restoration projects, the wetland is also a site for education and research. The student projects listed below, previously archived by the Sustainable Campus Initiative, represent academic work related to the Sarita Wetland and campus sustainability.

See Sarita’s long-range planning for establishing more native vegetation to enhance its teaching and research potential by viewing the Sarita Wetland Native Species List.

Student Projects

Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2004

NRES 4811: Natural Resources Interpretation, Fall 2001

  • Sarita Wetland Trail Design by Tony Drollinger, Jeff Follett and Bill Hogarth
  • Sarita Wetland Trail by LaRessa Mayer and Chuck Russell

NRES 5061: Water Quality: Management of a Natural Resource, Fall 2001

NRES 5061: Water Quality: Management of a Natural Resource, Spring 2001

  • Feedlot Impact Potential on Water Quality by Pauline Dicke

FW 5603: Habitats and Regulation of Wildlife, Fall 2000

  • A Habitat Management Plan for the Blue Spotted Salamander in the Sarita Wetland by Matt Curtis
  • Preservation of the Sarita Wetland by Shannon Dietz
  • Improved Hydrology and its Effects on Amphibians in Sarita Wetland by Carl Rundberg
  • Woodpecker Species and the Sarita Wetland: Plan for habitat improvements, educational opportunities, and potential public usage regarding the winter season by Jessica Scott
  • Habitat Plan for a Wetland on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota by Doug VanValkenburg

NRES 5061: Water Quality: Management of a Natural Resource, Fall 2000

FW 5702: Senior Project, Spring 1997

  • Bridal Veil Creek Wetland Area by Tom Anderson, Deena Bahner, Tracy Hegarty and Sheila Sewell

Undergraduate Major Projects

  • A Study on Landscape Changes by Janell Miersch, Fall 1995
The Sustainability Education website is administered by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment.

The University of Minnesota offers sustainability courses in most of its colleges and campuses around the state. These courses encompass biophysical sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, design, engineering, business, and health. The Sustainability Studies minor is one of several interdisciplinary programs through which such diverse courses come together.