Calvin College

CALVIN - Minds in the Making

Strengthening Liberal Arts Education by Embracing Place and Particularity

Case Study

Using walking and biking tours to connect students to place

Student involvement

Walking and Biking tours have also given students a number of ways to become involved in their community.  For bike tours connected to the Recreation 201 class, students are expected to prepare a two paragraph introduction to a neighborhood, park, organization, or concept related to the city as well as write a reflection of the overall experience.  In addition, students who have participated in one of the walking or biking tours have gone on to develop tours for other neighborhoods in the city, looking at the historical development of the area as well as it current issues and future potential.  In the spring of 2007, one student worked with a professor to create a poster presentation [PDF] entitled Urban Bike Tours:  Addressing the issue of sprawl for the National Recreation and Park Association’s National Health and Livability Summit in Atlanta, Georgia.


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