Clients provide the project requests-for-proposals (RFP’s), access to the restoration sites, and funding for supplies and any necessary services (clearing, grading, drainage). Clients work with the student group to assure that communication of their needs is clear and that the proposed project is appropriate. During the installation process, clients organize volunteers or provide staff to help the teams.

Hosting a Capstone Project


Students work in 5-8 person teams. Students apply their skills and knowledge to solve a real restoration problem. They prepare proposals and plans, and help with installation and volunteer supervision. They work in close consultation with their clients, with their TA, and with the faculty members working on the project. The entire course sequence takes 3 quarters to complete and results in 10 University credits.

Teaching Assistant

The teaching assistant works with all student groups. His or her responsibility is 1) to act as liaison with the clients and faculty, 2) to assist in logistics of providing plant materials, other supplies and services, 3) to provide assistance in horticultural, ecological, taxonomic and other questions, and 4) to assure that groups are coordinating their efforts and not falling behind their time schedule.


Faculty members are responsible for the overall progress of the class, assist in project management, provide technical assistance, and oversee the budgeting of project expenses. Faculty and graduate students participating in this capstone course are available to clients to help anticipate costs of materials and of activities involved with the restoration project for which they have written an RFP. Faculty and graduate students are also involved in a number of well-developed volunteer networks and may be able to help find volunteers for the installation process.


The University has plant propagation and storage facilities which may be used to produce and hold plant materials. For some plant material, custom growing is the only way to assure a ready supply, and this may require a one year period of growth to have material ready for a restoration project.

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