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Do long hikes and preserving the planet get you stoked? Then Earth Lodge could be the place for you. The Earth Lodge, a long-standing tradition, was Richmond’s first ever living-learning community for upper-division students. The Lodge is an intentional shared living experience that moves students beyond the limits of the traditional classroom to enhance learning and promote interdisciplinary engagement and discussion.

With focus on sustainability and outdoor education, students in Earth Lodge will participate in a variety of experiential opportunities to expand their perspective and push them past their comfort zone, as well as participating in a common course, Earth Connection: Wellness 090. Residents can expect a number of programs throughout the academic year, both on and off-campus, and have opportunities that are only available to Lodge members including:

Tuesday Tea

The Earth Lodge community members participate in a weekly student-led tea time. This Tuesday night ritual can take many forms. We encourage the Lodge members to gather together to discuss important topics, plan additional trips and experiences, play music or create art, or just hang out and relax with the community.

Earth Connection: Wellness 090

A new development in the Earth Lodge curriculum is the creation of mandatory wellness course that explores the state of the planet, human well-being, and how to create a life that supports the health of both. Through reading, reflection, and activity, Earth Lodge members will challenge their ideas of sustainability, participate in stewardship opportunities, and develop a deeper appreciation of campus and community.

Outdoor Experiential Education

Part of the experience of Earth Lodge is spending time off campus as a community and being engaged in nature. Lodgers will have opportunities to participate in outdoor adventure and nature activities near and far, as well as plan their own trips and programs. Past Lodge communities have rafted, tubed, and kayaked the James River, hiked and camped along the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park, and camped and sea-kayaked in Acadia National Park in Maine.

Community Engagement

A hallmark of the Earth Lodge has been Lodgers' involvement in the Richmond region. Students have volunteered with, and completed projects for, the James River Park System and the James River Watershed Association.  Lodgers can expect to work on a project with one or more of the University's community partners related to the environment.

Community Fast Facts

Number of Residents:
20, plus a dedicated resident assistant

Population:
Sophomores, juniors, or seniors

Faculty Advisor:
Todd Lookinbill, Ph.D.
Rob Andrejewski, Ph.D.
SK Parker

Course:
No course associated with the Earth Lodge

Residence hall:
Lakeview Hall, fourth floor

Earth Lodge Features

Read more about the Earth Lodge through the stories of Earth Lodge alumni and the Geography of the James class:

Colin Cardwell, '12

Asha Phadke, '12

Dr. Todd Lookingbill named Researcher of the Year

Lodge Life