Thursday, February 14, 2013

Outdoor Classrooms and Living Laboratories

This winter, all 337 students in the Environmental Studies core class, ENVS 100--Ecology and Society, are heading out into the Campus Natural Reserve and surrounding natural lands for a two-part activity exploring salamander natural history and monitoring.

During the first week of the activity, students learn about the life histories of salamander species on campus, practice observation and natural history journaling, and with their observations develop a hypothesis about where they're most likely to find terrestrial salamanders in campus forests. The second week of the activity focuses on testing their hypothesis while learning monitoring techniques for salamanders. See some pictures here (scroll to the bottom)

Contact Campus Natural Reserve steward Alex Jones to get involved with internships and volunteer stewardship work days.

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