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Kali Bannon

Kali Bannon






Organizational Communication


Creative Writing


Sarah Bergstrom


Mary Hoffman


What nonprofit did you work with?

Beaver Creek Reserve



Beaver Creek

What community partner did you work with?

In a highly advanced society we often don't take the time to admire the environment around us. The Beaver Creek Reserve Nature Center seeks to preserve these natural elements and promote the love of nature in younger generations. With their lodge full of stuffed animals and the basement full of teaching rooms, the Nature Center invites learning of the great outdoors in a hands-on way for children to enjoy.

What did you do for your service-learning?

My tasks at the grounds in Fall Creek include facilitating with projects, cleaning the grounds, and preparing for events. I often host at the information desk, answering any questions or concerns of the visitors.

What motivated you to choose this project?

I got involved with the Beaver Creek Reserve through the Community Action Fair. Each year the Center for Service-Learning hosts two Community Action Fairs to connect community with students on campus. I was drawn to the Beaver Creek Reserve by the welcoming coordinators and ever since I've been hooked.


Is your service-learning relevant to your field of study?

As a communications major with a minor in creative writing, I have found that my service-learning has strengthened my passion for my career pursuit. Throughout my service, I have further developed my communication skills through answering questions in a personable manner, as well as, increased my leadership and ethic responsibility when asked to work alone.

How did you impact your community?

This service-learning wasn't like work because I enjoyed it, and I like what Beaver Creek Reserve is promoting. It's not only important, but also, fun for the children to learn about the wonders of nature.

Would you recommend this to other students?

I encourage other students interested in nature to consider the Beaver Creek Nature Academy. When you look at it, every student at Eau Claire will do 30 hours of service-learning. A lot of students work 30 hours in one week, it is not as scary as it looks. If each student does their part, think how much we are giving back as a University!

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