This non-credit field course explores interdisciplinary approaches to the study of stream and forest ecology and the practice of ecological restoration as a service learning activity. The course uses information provided through instructor and guest lectures, readings and hands-on problem solving that arise as we study Galena Creek and discrete stream restoration efforts.
The student will consider science as a process for solving problems and the tools science uses, including scientific methods that produce hypotheses, data collection and data analysis to test hypotheses and inform decisions concerning restoration practices.
This course is predicated on an interdisciplinary problem-solving based mode of study and how that approach works, and how it may be adapted to the classroom to provide instruction that helps students achieve goals of the New Generation Science Standards and the CCSS in ways that emphasize critical thought across the disciplines.
Your final project in this class will be a completed field journal. This journal will include field notes, ideas for classroom field lessons and activities, as well as drawings or photographs. Everything we do will be fodder for this book, so it is important you pay attention and make careful notes and sketches for later transfer into the journal. Along with the journal, you will tum in a reflective statement about the teaching process while creating the journal, which should be at least 500 words long.
Reading assignments will be discussed in class and will be good material for your own thinking about Galena for inclusion in your journal. You are expected to read all assignments carefully, annotate them, take notes on them and come to class prepared for discussion. A one page summary/response on short readings is required. These will be collected at the end of the field course.
Books: The Galena Reader. Purchased at the Galena Creek Visitor Center.
- A "Write in the Rain" notebook, especially made to withstand wet weather (if we get into any).
- Appropriate clothes and footwear (including a raincoat, hiking shoes, a hat, etc.)
- Insect repellent, sunscreen, etc.
- Personal first aid supplies and medications
- Field guides (if you have these bring them to class, otherwise, we can check guides out of the library)
- A magnifying glass
- Water bottle
- Regular pencils and an eraser
- Ball point pen
POLICY ON LATE WORK: No late work will be accepted. No exceptions.
POLICY ON HANDING IN WORK: ALL work for this class to be hard copy — either field notes, informal handwritten assignments or typed assignments. All typed work must be double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font on regular white paper, MLA style.