As part of the Branching Out school year programs, we visited the UMASS Amherst Stockbridge School of Agriculture to learn more about the programs of study. Dr. Dennis Ryan, Arborist and the Program Coordinator of the Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Program, met with our group and discussed the high demand in the fields of horticulture and arboriculture and potential career tracks.
The Stockbridge School offers 2-year and 4-year degrees in of study in sustainable food and farming, plant soil and insect science, sustainable horticulture, and turfgrass science management. Students are engaged in both classroom and hands-on coursework throughout the program whether creating models in the landscape design studio, conducting research in the greenhouses, or growing produce in the on-campus permaculture garden.
The visit to the Stockbridge School was a great opportunity for youth to connect the work they complete during the summer in the various National Parks with higher education pathways and lead youth into a career.