Service and Outreach

Undergraduate Research

All undergraduate students are encouraged to do research projects. Prior research studies have monitored plants species of concern on Minnesota DNR lands, effects of certain plant species on grassland restorations, using native wetland plants for biomass energy, and using native plants as deterrents to grazing on reclamations. Students have competed in the Innovation Challenge on campus where innovative ways have developed to utilize natural resources to provide a social good.

Ekre Property

There are many opportunities for undergraduate research at the Albert Ekre Grassland Preserve in southeastern North Dakota. NRM and affiliated faculty have several projects currently occurring at the preserve. Some current research projects at the Preserve include wetland restoration, grassland restoration, invasive species management, pollinator habitat, fire ecology, grazing ecology, and other land management related research. There are opportunities to work with NRM faculty on their current research projects at the Preserve, or develop a project within individual interests.

Natural Resources Management Club

The Natural Resources Club does various volunteer and service projects involving building bird houses, maintaining a native a prairie restoration on campus, monitoring species on Minnesota DNR lands, building trails for the North Country Trail, and doing outreach with groups like the Audubon Society, River Keepers, and The Nature Conservancy in the area.

Wildland Firefighting Training

The NRM program supports the training of students to qualify as Wildland Firefighters. This is done in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy. Many jobs in natural resource management call for employees to be trained as Wildland Firefighters as part of their normal duties. The training is done online in the spring with the students required to complete a mandatory field day. Once qualified the students are listed as Type 2 Wildland Firefighters. The students can then list the training on their resumes or include the training in their application for jobs.

The Fargo Project

The Fargo Project is a nationally recognized redesign of a stormwater basin to provide various benefits including art. Students have been in involved in researching trash, re-introducing frogs, monitoring stream restorations and aquatic life in the basin. Students have done service projects building bird and bee houses and providing community outreach at the project.

Project Learning Tree (PLT) Certification

As part of the NRM 421/621 Environmental Education and Outreach course students complete a free PLT certification and receive resources to use in their future career to teach K-12 students about trees. This is done in conjunction with PLT and the North Dakota Forest Service.

Project WET Certification

During the spring semester as part of the NRM 421/621 Environmental Education and Outreach course students are given the option to take a 6 hour workshop to obtain Project WET certification and resources. This is done in conjunction with Project WET and the North Dakota State Water Commission.


Students are able to take part in environmental education opportunities for kids and adults in the area. Interested students help put on an environmental day at a local elementary school for approximately 200 students. Additionally they can volunteer at events like the Red River Water Festival that teaches approximately 2,500 area 4th graders about water each year.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Students are offered a variety of volunteer opportunities that they can participate in during their time at NDSU related to the NRM major and as part of the NRM club. Some examples include volunteering for the Minnesota DNR, the NRCS, cleaning up the Red River, and many more.