AN INTRODUCTION TO PACIFIC NORTHWEST ECOLOGY
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2020 9:00AM – 11:00AM
TBD (THIS CLASS WILL EITHER BE IN PERSON OR VIA ZOOM. DECISION PENDING.)
‘An Introduction to Pacific Northwest Ecology’ will leave you well-acquainted with several local species and their relationship to our collective surroundings. The course will highlight the geologic and ecologic events that have created our current landscapes and regional climates, showcasing many of the living and nonliving entities that comprise our home.
The instructor will introduce (or reintroduce) you to a number of species that live and grow around the Pacific Northwest. We will cover basic identification of plants, birds, mammals, and sundry structures. We will learn about symbiotic and saprophytic relationships. The course will be part illustrated lecture and part guided hike, with a self-directed specimen collection activity. Content will be scientifically rigorous enough so that you leave with sound information on local ecology, but the teaching style will be somewhat informal, leaving room for organic engagement.
Whether you are a lifetime resident or new to the area (in real life or digitally), learning about our natural environments helps connect us to our place and time on this planet. We think you will enjoy this course, and at the very least, you will leave knowing a few “eye-spy” worthy names to drop on your next foray into the field.
STUDENTS SHOULD BRING:
If in person, dress for the elements — sturdy shoes, layers, hats/sunscreen, waterproof jacket. If you like to take pictures, bring something that takes pictures as well (phone, camera, etc.).
Whether online or in person — bring something to take notes, if you’d like (not required).
If in person, all social distancing precautions will be in place, and masks worn. If for any reason the class is canceled, we will be happy to issue refunds.