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A Place Called Southwood.

Asteriou, Cat, Jacob Haug, Michelle Zhang.

Prepared by students in DES 3131: User Experience in Design, fall 2013 (Instructor Ange Wang, College of Design) as part of the 2013-2014 Resilient Communities Project partnership with the City of North St. Paul.

Increasingly, urban residents are detached from, and lack opportunities to meaningfully interact with, their natural environment. North Saint Paul has many unique natural features that offer opportunities to educate residents about the local ecosystem and natural resources that are available, and to encourage residents to reengage with their natural environment.

In the fall 2013 semester, Environmental Education students at the University of Minnesota Duluth campus studying operations and management developed recommendations to inform a long-range operations and management plan for Southwood Park, a 29-acre nature reserve located in the southern portion of North Saint Paul that features a large wetland, a restored oak savannah, and a limited walking trail system. Students in a second course in the School of Design focused on user experience in design used a “design thinking” approach to identify how best to engage residents in learning about the local ecosystem and environmental issues, with a focus on Southwood Park, which currently has minimal programming or interpretive signage to engage visitors. The work product from these courses can be found in this report and 8 others with CURA publication numbers ranging from RCP-049 through RCP-057.

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Minneapolis: Resilient Communities Project.
This project was supported by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a program at the University of Minnesota that convenes the wide-ranging expertise of U of M faculty and students to address strategic local projects that advance community resilience and sustainability. RCP is supported by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the Institute on the Environment.
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