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Ecological Autobiography
Maureen Ryan, Western Washington University
The ecological autobiography is a multi-stage reflective and written exercise that draws on students' personal history and experiences as they consider the ecological context of some period of their lives. The goal is to individually and collectively explore how the landscapes and ecological communities we have inhabited influence us as individuals, set the context of our lives, and influence our expectations of landscape.

Bioregion Discipline: Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Studies, English
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sense of Place

Migration: An Empathy Exercise
Maureen Ryan, Western Washington University
Migration: An Empathy Exercise is a multi-step reflective exercise designed to build empathy and personal insight into processes of loss, change, and reconnection associated with the disruption of personal and cultural connections to landscape.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies, English
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

What is the West?
Maureen Ryan, Western Washington University
What is the West? is a written reflective exercise, with associated readings and discussion, designed to 1) build insight into how personal experiences shape our perception of landscapes, 2) enhance knowledge of the geography and ecology of the American West, and 3) illuminate the role of water (or lack of water) in the natural and cultural history of the American West.

Bioregion Discipline: Interdisciplinary Studies, Geography, Environmental Studies, English
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sense of Place

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, Learning Communities, Reflective & Contemplative Practice

Using Debates to Engage Students in Sustainability Controversies and Conundrums
Robert Turner, University of Washington-Bothell Campus
A primary feature of this "Water and Sustainability" course is a series of 10 debates on controversial sustainability topics. Each student in the course participates in one of the debates.

Bioregion Discipline: Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Global, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cycles & Systems, Ecosystem Health, Water & Watersheds, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Promising Pedagogies:Case Studies

How Did This Landscape Form? A Field-Based Exercise to Enhance Awareness of the Natural Environment
Lyn Gualtieri, Seattle University
In this activity students will investigate a landform (such as a waterfall or lake) in the field and apply the scientific method to come up with a geologic hypothesis. The focus of the activity is on making observations of the natural environment and fostering a "sense of place."

Bioregion Discipline: Geoscience, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Sense of Place

Assessing Local Sea Level Rise
Ken Tabbutt, The Evergreen State College
Students will read primary scientific literature, work collaboratively, think critically, and utilize GIS as a tool to visualize and quantify spatial and temporal changes in hydrological systems.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Oceanography/Marine Studies, Geoscience
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Climate Change

Critical Thinking on Sustainable Food Production and Consumer Habits
Michael Faucette, Seattle Central Community College
Students are assigned to research, write, take a position and present it on the complex issue of sustainable food production and consumer habits.

Bioregion Discipline: English, Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional, National/Continental, Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Lifestyles & Consumption, Social & Environmental Justice, Food Systems & Agriculture

Building a Public Knowledge Base: The Wikicadia Node Assignment
Todd Lundberg, Cascadia Community College
The center of this sequence of assignments is a collaborative, "New Media" writing project that involves publishing to a wiki a synthesis of knowledge about how humans inhabit places. Writers work in groups with others interested in a common sub-topic and develop information related to local places that local audiences who are invited to join the wiki may use.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sense of Place, Cultures & Religions, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Human Impact & Footprint, Lifestyles & Consumption

Twenty Miles from Tomorrow: Examining the Past, Present and Future of the Lower Kuskokwim River Delta
Lauren McClanahan, Western Washington University
This project involves pairing pre-service teachers with students in the rural Alaskan village of Eek in Southwestern, Alaska. By creating effective writing prompts, the pre-service teachers hope to better understand how climate change is affecting the people of this region.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Climate Change, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Ecosystem Health

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