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While education certainly takes place in the classroom, it is often the lessons learned outside the university walls that make the greatest impact.

“Off campus experiences offer a breath and depth of learning far beyond basic classroom biology. Students gain insight and exposure to how people live and how they affect their environment,” says Dr. John Yunger, biology professor at Governor State University.

And Yunger should know. He regularly takes classrooms of students to Belize to learn from the rain forest and will soon accompany a student to conduct research in China.