Applied and Extension
The Applied and Extension Research Interest Group focuses on identifying opportunities for rural sociologists in non-academic or non-traditional academic professional positions. This is accomplished through activities at the annual meetings that:
- Highlight professional opportunities and
- Illustrate the ways in which rural sociological knowledge and skills contribute to an understanding and enhancement of organizational and community processes.
The Applied and Extension RIG co-sponsored a field trip with the Natural Resources RIG to Prairie Crossing, a conservation community in Grayslake, Illinois, just northwest of Chicago. Prairie Crossing is a national example of sustainable community design which includes over 350 energy efficient homes, an elementary school, community center, certified organic farm, lakes, and restored prairie and wetland areas. It has been developed to encourage a sense of place, demonstrate environmentally-responsible planning, and restore the native ecology. Conference participants travelled to Prairie Crossing by Metra train and enjoyed a tour of the community.
Applied and Extension RIG 2010 Field trip co-sponsored with the Natural Resources and Rural Studies RIGs (“Consuming Place: Rural Tourism and Community Development in Southern Appalachia.”) Photos are from our visit to Amicalola Falls State Park near Dahlonega, Georgia.
2012 Annual Meeting Field Trip: A Visit to Prairie Crossing
2012 Co-sponsor Tour
2012 Business meeting and Panel Session
2012 Paper Session