The PLACE (Place-based Landscape Analysis & Community Engagement) Program provides local residents with a forum for exploring and understanding the natural and cultural history of their town landscape. The program was offered by the Rubenstein Graduate School at the University of Vermont and Shelburne Farms. Working directly with local schools, town commissions, historical societies, and conservation organizations, PLACE staff members develop an integrated series of presentations, field trips, workshops, and visioning forums designed to celebrate and honor a town’s cultural heritage and ecological potential.
The goals of the PLACE Program are to:
Encourage exploration and understanding of the local landscape by providing an engaging and accessible framework for residents to learn more about their town's natural and cultural heritage
Showcase local knowledge and the efforts of individuals and organizations involved in local landscape stewardship and interpretation
Facilitate the integration of place-based learning into schools by providing local educators with information, resources, and curriculum development support
Support an informed and participatory community visioning process that builds upon an integrated interpretation of town landscapes and their transformation through time
Provide meaningful service-learning opportunities for graduate students involved in landscape analysis
Strengthen the sense of community identity and the connection between the past, present, and a sustainable future
The New Haven Conservation Commission, with a gracious grant from the Lintilac Foundation, participated in this program. The written results of this study can be viewed at the Town Clerk’s office as well as the New Haven Library.