Field Trips and Service Activities

Scholars explore the unique environment of the New England region through field trips, excursions, and service activities throughout their two summers with DDCSP at YSE. These trips expose students to professionals, communities, activists, and stakeholders while enjoying the natural beauty of Connecticut.
Past service learning opportunities:
  • D-Town Farm
  • Flint Water Delivery
  • Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation
  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Scholars enjoy field trips to places such as:
  • Thimble Islands 
  • Beardsley Zoo
  • Mackinac Island
  • Tahquamenon Falls
  • International Wildlife Refuge

I was so so surprised about how beautiful Michigan was. I had never been to Michigan before and knew nothing about it. But once I got here, I was happy to see some similarities to my home in Florida, but also some great differences. I was glad that there was still water everywhere, but also glad that it wasn’t as hot. Michigan has a lot of beautiful landscapes to offer and I thoroughly enjoyed exploring them. I loved all of the parks that Ann Arbor had to offer and how close and accessible they were.

– 2017 Scholar

Fun Facts

  1. The Long Island Sound watershed houses more than 8 million people. (source)
  2. Almost 60 percent of Conecticut is covered in woodland. (source)
  3. Long Island Sound is 1,320 square miles and is home to 120 species of finfish. (source)
  4. Connecticut has 183 islands. (source)
  5. Connecticut has more than 5,800 miles of rivers and streams. (source)
  6. The largest lake in Connecticut, Candlewood Lake has 61 miles of shoreline and was manmade in 1928. (source)