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Environmental Studies: SL:Landscape Natural History

ENVS 173 Z1 (CRN: 61913)

3 Credit Hours

About ENVS 173 Z1

This field-based course examines patterns and processes on local landscapes from an interdisciplinary perspective, with an emphasis on geology, soil science, plant ecology, and ecosystem geography. Prerequisite: ENVS 001 or NR 001.



Dates: May 21 - June 15, 2018; May 28-June 15th will be post work

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Section Description

This field course is designed to acquaint you with a variety of Vermont landscapes and provide you with an integrative framework for “reading” the land. Although we will be focusing on Chittenden County, you will be able to take what you learn here and use it in other landscapes that are important to you. This framework involves an understanding of the pieces, patterns, and processes that shape the natural world. We will spend time on each site reviewing the geology, soils, plants, animals, human land use history, and signs of processes like wind, fire, or deer browse. When we put it all together we will have a good understanding of why each site looks the way it does. While this process will involve learning to find and examine evidence, I also invite you to enter each of the places we will go with an open heart, enjoying the beauty and connection to nature that have drawn us together. This course will help you deepen your sense of place, wherever you land, for the rest of your life. NOTE: This intensive course only meets for one week, Monday, May 21-Friday May 25. After this you will have a final project to finish, which you will be able to do anywhere. Enrollment limit: 15.




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