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Using Reflection Activities to Deepen Student Engagement
Holly Hughes, Edmonds Community College
Reflection activities on service-learning related to environmental restoration.

Bioregion Discipline: Interdisciplinary Studies, Biology, English
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Learning Communities

Nature and Food
Liz Campbell, Seattle Central Community College
In this activity students read articles or excerpts of books to explore the topic of sustainability in terms of food webs, roles of plants, animals, fungi, and bacteria and their own food choices. Students continue their exploration of these kingdoms with a visit to a farmers' market and a grocery store to compare locally grown foods and grocery store selections.

Bioregion Discipline: Biology, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: National/Continental, Local Community/Watershed, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Food Systems & Agriculture

Catching Cheaters: Using Salmon Phylogenetic Analysis to Identify Atlantic Salmon Mislabeled in Local Stores as Pacific Salmon
Erica Cline, University of Washington Tacoma
Students use phylogenetic analysis to identify farmed Atlantic salmon mislabeled as wild Pacific salmon by local stores and suppliers. This project allows students to apply molecular methods such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and DNA sequencing to a real- world issue.

Bioregion Discipline: Biology, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Human Health & Wellbeing, Water & Watersheds, Ecosystem Health

Cascade Citizens Wildlife Monitoring Project
Thomas W. Murphy, Edmonds Community College
This multi-term assignment introduces students to local indigenous stories, significant plants and animals of our region and some basic skills in reading animal tracks and signs.

Bioregion Discipline: Anthropology, Biology, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Ecosystem Health

Plant People
Rob Efird, Seattle University
This integrated outdoor-learning, research and reflection exercise gives students a first-hand familiarity with local native plants and their significance in local native societies.

Bioregion Discipline: Sociology, Biology, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Indigenous Food Relationships: Sociological Impacts on the Coast Salish People
Ane Berrett, Nothwest Indian College
In this unit, students will analyze the macro level of societal influences which have interrupted micro level ecological relationship between plant and man. Sociological concepts such as sub culture, dominant culture, stages of historical change (Hunter Gatherer societies to Technological societies), stratification and poverty will be addressed through the sociological perspective. Students will experience solutions of sustainability which are interdependent with local place and people. Learning activities involve using the "citizen's argument," oral presentations, portfolio creation, written reflections and experiential service learning projects.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Sociology, Biology
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Home/Backyard, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Food Systems & Agriculture, Sense of Place, Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Impact & Footprint, Cycles & Systems, Cultures & Religions

Designing a Biological Community
Charles Dodd, Shoreline Community College
In this Physical Geography Lab, students are responsible for designing a simple biological community.

Bioregion Discipline: Geography, Biology, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health

Gasping for Breath in Hood Canal: Exploring the Dissolved Oxygen Crisis
Ann J. Murkowski, North Seattle Community College
Students work collaboratively in groups to apply their understanding of photosynthesis, respiration, and nutrient cycling to develop hypotheses to explain an acute low oxygen event that occurred in Hood Canal.

Bioregion Discipline: Biology, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Water & Watersheds

Evergreen State College