2012-13 Catalog

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Offering Description

Green Nature, Human Nature

Winter 2013 and Spring 2013 quarters

Karen Hogan ecology, plant biology , Emily Lardner composition, education, literature
Fields of Study
botany, ecology, environmental studies and writing

Humans have always been interested in plants and our lives are interwoven with plants in myriad ways. This program is intended for students with an interest in plants, including students who are starting to notice plants for the first time. Through a mix of readings, workshops, field trips, and projects, we will investigate three major questions:

•  How do plants work?

•  What do plants do in the environment?

•  Why do plants matter to us?

The overarching goal for this two quarter program is to help students develop their capacities as civic botanists. Winter quarter will focus primarily on developing an understanding of plant biology and ecology, and exploring several approaches to writing about nature in general and plants in particular. Spring quarter will focus on "civic botany"–the role plants play within human communities. We will focus particularly on urban agriculture, stormwater management, and the role of parks and open spaces. Students will keep field journals, assist with community agriculture projects, and develop a practice of writing that supports effective civic engagement. 

Advertised Schedule
6-10p Mon/Wed, 9a-5p Sat (winter: Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 9, 23, Mar. 9; spring: Apr. 6, 20, May 4, 18, Jun. 1)
Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Offered During
Evening and Weekend