Many academic opportunities are available to the environmental studies student, such as the Randolph College Organic Garden, the Marine Biological Laboratory in Environmental Science at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Washington Semester Programs, summer and semester fieldwork through the international School for Field Studies, and many study abroad options.
The College’s Environmental Club is the epicenter of almost every sustainability-related, student-led project on campus. Student-members who have ideas that benefit the majority of the College’s student population are encouraged to write proposals that get reviewed by Student Government.
Past projects have included seed funding for the Organic Garden, Earth Week activities, bike share components, student-made laundry detergent, free passes for the indoor climbing in downtown Lynchburg, and more.
Our nationally recognized Organic Garden and Orchard has more to offer than the average college garden.
Aside from raised plots available to students year-round to grow vegetables and learn many productive gardening techniques, we have an orchard with some of the rarest apple trees in America grafted by students under the supervision of Tom Burford, one of the world’s foremost apple experts; a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) funded Edible Perennial Nursery along with a food forest as its living library; several breeds of chickens helping us fulfill Permaculture principles; several beehives; mushroom logs; a community section for faculty, staff, and members of the Lynchburg community; and an extensive library of books covering all topics of sustainable agriculture.