This is a course I have been teaching for a long time based on the principles of bioregionalism which the same thing as learning all you can about where you live--ecologically. Yeah, what we all take for granted. You can't learn about your local ecology if you're staring at a screen all the time so there are field trips, with or without me if you are not local. We start with your watershed, identifying which one you live in, we go to your dominant ecosystem types that will include identifying the dominant plants that define your ecosystem, next there is studying the fauna, birds, insects, you may dig a soil pit and do some soils observations. What public lands are nearest to you? Is there a conservation project you want to work on to save something where you live? I provide an assignment sheet/worksheets you need to fill out as you do these exercises. We get back online to discuss. This includes a mind-numbing number of online resources you can use for your research I will turn you on to. For people who truly participate, this class has changed their lives and it becomes a spiritual endeavor as much as exploration into your local natural heritage.
To learn more about me, see my website at www.ecooutreachvsm.com