This field-based course will explore the nature of Vermont’s landscapes from a multidisciplinary perspective. Through a series of field trips, lectures, group projects, and presentations students will gain an understanding of why the surrounding landscape looks the way it does. We will investigate a variety of landscapes from the bedrock up through the wildlife habitat, and learn to identify and understand the natural history of various components of the landscape. In addition to exploring the emerging disciplines of landscape ecology, conservation biology, and ecosystem management, we will also examine landscapes from artistic and historical perspectives. Students will be evaluated based on the completion of a weekly field journal involving site reviews, the documented use of field guides, solo time observing nature and responses to readings. Additionally, each student will participate in one group and one individual presentation that will take place in the field.
Fall, Spring, Summer
Natural Science (NS)
ENVS 1 or NR 1 or Intro. Natural Science; ENVS major; sophomore standing