Article Reflects on Successful Early Service-Learning Course

News
January 6, 2014

CRP Visiting Lecturer George Frantz and Professor Sherene Baugher, landscape architecture, recently published a paper in Landscape Journal titled "The Inlet Valley Project: Reflections on an Early Model for Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Service-Learning Courses in Landscape Architecture." The paper documents the community service-learning project, the Inlet Valley Project, founded in 1993 by Baugher and Frantz, who was then a Town of Ithaca staffer. The project was a service-learning partnership course involving Cornell University, the Town of Ithaca, the Native American community, and property owners in the Inlet Valley.

The paper explores how the format and goals of the project evolved from identifying cultural resources in an area of Ithaca targeted for development and creating mechanisms for protecting those resources, to eventually include several landscape architecture studios and archaeology courses, and ultimately a focus on cultural history as it informs park planning and design decisions. The partnership resulted in the development of the 8.5-acre Tutelo Park, and an enhanced awareness locally of the history of Native Americans in the Ithaca area.