A study of the relationship between humans and the natural environment.
Students have a unique opportunity to analyze and examine sustainability principles and ecosystem functions through immersion in the living laboratory of our campus. Students investigate environmental topics by applying principles from ecology, psychology, sociology economics and history. Each student will also realize a stronger understanding and connection to the natural world by developing the place-based skills and knowledge of a naturalist.
A thorough grounding in both natural and social sciences enables students to critique individual and societal behavior in human-environment interactions. Students learn how to employ scientific reasoning to support ideas and communicate to a wider general audience. Class explores contemporary environmental problems through a solutions based approach. Students emerge as environmentally literate citizens who understand the implications of their choices and actions.
Students forge strong relationships with the land through personal experiences in nature. They learn to combine the modern languages of field biology and ecology with the traditional skills of native peoples. Students develop naturalist knowledge and increase their awareness of nature through activities, direct observation, questioning and journaling. Students learn to transfer their experiences and abilities anywhere in the world.
Selected Assigned Readings
Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan, Trouble with Wilderness by William Cronon, Tending the Wild by Kat Anderson, Secret Knowledge of Water by Craig Childs, Edible Forest Gardens by David jacke, Natural Capitalism by Paul Hawken, Leave No Child Inside by Richard Louv, What is Education For? by David Orr, The Sense of Place by Wallace Stegener, The Naturalist by Barry Lopez, Beyond Tripple Bottom Line by McDonough & Braungart, USS Prius by Thomas Friedman, Song of the Dodo by David Quammen