2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Natural History Expedition Leadership

Revised Last Updated: 05/12/2008

Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Steve Scheuerell field ecology, outdoor leadership

Faculty Signature Required: Students must submit a completed application form; application available by emailing Steve Scheuerell (scheuers@evergreen.edu). Applications received by the Academic Fair, December 3, 2008 will be given priority. Qualified students will be accepted until the program fills.

Major areas of study include outdoor leadership, natural history, field ecology and writing.

Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.

Prerequisites: One quarter of college-level biology.

Natural history expeditions, and the naturalists who help lead these scientific studies, continue to document and share amazing features of life on earth. Given the unprecedented level of human impact on ecosystems, it is a critical time to train students as naturalist leaders in order to show society the value of all parts of our biosphere. In this program, students will learn to plan extended field trips, safely lead a group to natural areas, document flora and fauna, and communicate the ecological significance of their findings to a general audience. This program will be rooted in collaborative learning; students with extensive natural history, field ecology, trip planning, or emergency response experience will be expected to share their expertise.

Winter quarter will focus on foundational skills including leadership through cooperation and communication, group safety and Wilderness First Responder training, and natural history and field ecology tools and techniques. Students who successfully complete the Wilderness First Responder training portion will receive nationally recognized WFR certification. Spring quarter will focus on planning, budgeting, and safely executing extended field trips with the goal of documenting the natural history of an area. Students will maintain a detailed, illustrated field journal to document their natural history learning and write reflective essays on the integration of all program activities. A final class project will explore how leadership implies service to the community. To broaden student understanding of how their leadership and emergency response skills transcend field trips, we will analyze the preparedness and response plan of the Evergreen campus to a magnitude 8.5 Cascadia subduction zone earthquake. Students will report how they could play a role in helping the campus community prepare for and respond to a natural disaster.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 25

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Special Expenses: $150 for overnight field trip winter quarter; $415 for Wilderness First Responder training, materials, and certificate winter quarter; $450 for overnight field trips spring quarter.

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in outdoor education, professional guides, environmental studies and natural resource management.

Planning Units: Environmental Studies

Program Revisions

Date Revision
May 12th, 2008 Students may now complete the Wilderness First Responder training course and earn nationally recognized WFR certification as part of this program. The cost of the training adds $415 to program costs in winter quarter.