Placed-based Ecology for Environmental Educators I
The main objective of this course is to give you a fundamental systems understanding of the interactions between biotic and abiotic factors that constitute the natural world surrounding McCall. The greater McCall area is unique due to its pristine lakes and streams and steep environmental gradients that encompass life zones that range from steppe grasslands to alpine only within close proximity to one another. We will use the outdoors as a classroom to gain some hands-on knowledge and experience of a wide variety of different ecosystems. Your outside experience will be complemented by lectures, group discussions, readings, and homework assignments. As the class-capstone, you will propose and conduct an independent research project that explores an ecological research question within the greater McCall area that is of particular interest to you.