Giving to the School of Natural Resources
Each year, donors give private contributions, from a variety of sources for many purposes, in support of the School of Natural Resources (SNR) departments and programs, funding scholarships, facilities, faculty development and research. These donors, consisting of alumni, parents, faculty and staff and other friends, visibly demonstrate the desire to help improve the quality of education at MU.
Dr. C. Randy Vessell Scholarship
In celebration of his retirement and years of dedication to students, the Dr. C. Randy Vessell Scholarship in The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism has been established at The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). With your support, Randy Vessell's enduring commitment to education can be realized in perpetuity at MU, his alma mater.
SNR Advisory Council has formed an alliance of alumni and friends to support undergraduate student education and development. Donations will help supplement the cost of travel to the field, provide field and laboratory teaching support and enable students to participate in conferences and workshops.
If you believe that the future of resource management is closely tied to the quality of education for our future leaders, we need you.
You can become a member of the SNR Alliance through an annual gift of $100 or more. For more information regarding the Alliance contact Darcy Wells at 573-882-2390. Checks made payable to the University of Missouri can be mailed to: 103 Anheuser Busch Natural Resources Building, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211-7220.
Wetland Ecology Center of Excellence
Our vision is to create the finest wetland research center in the world. Educating future leaders in wetland ecology and management is at the core of our mission.
We believe that now is the critical time and that wetland management will be greatly affected by our success. Please join us.
To establish the center and to ensure its lasting value to wetland conservation and management, endowments are needed to hire the director, conduct graduate student research and education, and provide active outreach and support to wetland managers.
To make a gift to the Wetland Ecology Center of Excellence, contact the Office of Advancement at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at 573-882-9003 or toll free 866-400-4483.
University Forest Summer Camp
Forestry students in the School of Natural Resources need more than classroom experiences to learn all they need to know to manage this nation's extensive forest resources and become future forestry industry leaders.
Forestry's Summer Camp at University Forest has provided hands-on learning for more than 60 years for these students. Not only is this facility important to MU forestry students, but also to various groups who use the location for meetings, corporate retreats and research. Timber sales and user fees help fund operations at University Forest, but are not enough to meet all the maintenance and repair needs of this venerable facility.
Why is it crucial that Summer Camp at University Forest continue to be used by our students and faculty? Botanically, it is at the junction of several major forest types: oak-hickory and oak-pine forests represent the Missouri Ozarks, while bottomland hardwoods and cypress are more representative of the Mississippi Delta and the Bootheel region. It is also used for a variety of continuing professional education workshops (e.g., forest stand dynamics) and seminars. High schools and colleges from Missouri and surrounding states visit University Forest for natural resource field trips.
During our Summer Camp, MU forestry students learn about foresty inventory, ecosystem function and management, timber marking and harvesting, and forest hydrology.
The learning that occurs at this facility is irreplaceable at an on-campus setting. Your gifts would help provide support to keep the Summer Camp experience and University Forest among the highest quality teaching facilities in Missouri. The next generation of Missouri foresters are dependent on the experience they get at Summer Camp.