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Natural Resources: Neighborhood Ecologies

NR 085 Z6 (CRN: 60944)

3 Credit Hours—Seats Available!

About NR 085 Z6

At first look, urban neighborhoods are a mishmash of concrete, weeds, and manmade structures devoid of wildness. It can seem that nature only exists `out there,? in the countryside, at national parks, and in the mountains. And yet, with the right training, we can see that wildness is alive, present, and actively participating in the complex system we call a neighborhood. During this course we will explore our surroundings to discover the ways in which nature is woven into the fabric of our neighborhoods, cities, and towns. On foot, bike, and canoe, we will explore the vibrant ecology of the Winooski River, listen to birdsong in city parks, view the Champlain Valley from mountaintops, hike urban watersheds from top to bottom, and volunteer with cutting edge problem-solvers. By thinking about ourselves and our neighborhoods as a social-ecological system, we can explore a more inclusive suite of ecosystem characteristics, such as human health and well-being, economic viability, social equity, cultural and biological diversity, local foodways, and ecosystem services. During this outdoor-based class, you will gain tools that will allow you to see the urban nature that is hidden in plain sight ? whether you are on a city sidewalk or deep in the forest. Our focus will be on understanding the ecology of urban areas as well as examining the reciprocal and non-linear relationships between the human and natural world in our cities and neighborhoods. As we roam both urban ecosystems and the truly wild places of Vermont, we will uncover a rich socio-ecological tapestry and develop a sense of ownership, belonging, and relationship with the plants, animals, people, and processes that inhabit our urban and wild places.

Instructor

Zachary Ispa-Landa ()

Notes

Dates: June 30 - July 25, 2014; SUMMER ACADEMY COURSE; June 30 - July 11 On Campus MTWR 9:00-3:30 PM; July 12 - July 25 for continued out of class work. Students must apply to Summer Academy to participate in this course; Available to students completing 10th & 11th and 12th grades; Residential and commuter options; VT high school rising juniors and seniors students can use their dual enrollment voucher; Students need to apply and a guidance counselor needs to supply a brief recommendation and GPA via an online form here https://learn.uvm.edu/apply/summer-academy/; Continuing Education Deans Office Permission Only, please contact 802-656-2085

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