Nature Seek Podcast

Ready for a sneak preview into our preserves? Our new podcast series, Nature Seek, is for you! You’ll hear birds calling and thunder rolling in at our preserves. You’ll learn about the history of the preserve, and what you can do there. You can also check out our video inviting you to visit Oak Heritage Conservancy nature preserves.

This podcast series is a service learning project with Hanover College. Students at the College are honing their political science skills – and helping us spread the word that Oak Heritage Conservancy nature preserves are free and open for the whole community. Learn more about our partnership below.

Episode 1: Hall-Carmer Wetlands

By: David Andrusiak, Mara Colson, and Nate Skowron

Birdwatch, hike, and enjoy the wetlands at this unique preserve. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Episode 2: Tribbett’s Woods

By: Katherine Heiss, Madeline Sappenfield, Cooper Watts, and Rebecca Willhite

Explore this old growth forest’s towering trees and peaceful escape. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Episode 3: Guthrie Woods

By: Clay Elliot, Ashtyn Johnson, Mishayla Johnson, and Nick Rackemann

Wander through one of Indiana’s oldest nature preserves, complete with a love story and enormous trees. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Podcast Partnership with Hanover College

Political Science students from Hanover College are creating these podcasts as a way to serve their community and practice their academic skills. The students’ introductory political science course examines politics and power through the lens of nature in southeast Indiana. During the course, the students learn the basics of political science and consider  power dynamics and the role of community involved with natural resource decisions. They dive into readings and discussion about politics, nature, environmental education, and more. They take field trips to local public land (including Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, Clifty Falls State Park, Hatcher Hill Trail, and our own Webster Woods). The students are also honing their political science skills by completing a service learning project: creating podcasts for Oak Heritage Conservancy. To make a good podcast, they must understand their audience (the people of southeast Indiana), develop a compelling story (including the history and natural history of the land), create a pitch (why should someone visit the nature preserve), and be concise (the podcasts are just 2-4 minutes).

The podcasts are helping Oak Heritage Conservancy get the word out to a wider cross-section of people in southeast Indiana: our nature preserves are free and open for you to enjoy. These preserves are a community resource that provides everyone with mental, physical, and emotional benefits, and we want you to come visit.

This year, the students researched, wrote, recorded, edited, and produced three podcasts. Each podcast explores a different preserve. We hope to continue this partnership, and add more podcasts about more of our preserves each year.

We’re honored to be working with these students and the College. This partnership is possible thanks to support from Campus Compact, a partnership of colleges and universities that are committed to collaborating with their communities to “create engaged citizens and vibrant communities.”