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Ethnographic Methods for Community Visioning
Karen Gaul, The Evergreen State College
This project involves students in substantial community-based ethnographic research. Working cooperatively together as a consultancy team, the students learn to use ethnographic and other research methods. They also learn to empower and give voice to various stakeholders and to assemble and synthesize data for a formal report.

Bioregion Discipline: Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Design & Planning, Sense of Place

Sound Science
Peg Balachowski and Pamela Pape-Lindstrom, Everett Community College
An activity for a math/biology linked learning community in which students will collect, organize and analyze data related to the health of Puget Sound; experience the design of experiments in the sciences; apply mathematics to real biological issues that affect their lives; and develop an awareness of the personal and professional usefulness of mathematics, biology and modeling. Statistic students will act as consultants to the biology students and Biology students will in turn act as software analysts to help analyze trends as models are created.

Bioregion Discipline: Biology, Mathematics
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Water & Watersheds, Promising Pedagogies:Learning Communities

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

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

Don't Just Do Something, Sit There: Suggestions for Observing in Nature
Jean MacGregor, The Evergreen State College
A workshop for enabling students to sit quietly and observantly in the natural world.

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

Quiet Noticing: Reflective Activities for Environmental Ethics
Mike Gillespie, University of Nebraska at Omaha
A series of reflective activities (quiet noticing:) that engage students personal dimensions of questions of values and ethical commitments, such as in environmental ethics courses. The activities and assignments might also be adaptable for other courses where a sustained reflective component is desired.

Bioregion Discipline: Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Campus, Home/Backyard, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sense of Place

Reading & Writing Poetry as Contemplative Practice
Holly Hughes, Edmonds Community College
These activities offer ways to incorporate contemplative practice into the teaching of reading and writing poetry, with specific handouts/assignments and sample poems provided.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sense of Place

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

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

Producing Bioregional Knowledge and Understanding: Student Projects Based on Field Learning
Susan Digby, Olympic College
Students produce a set of eight personal travel 'insights' from field trips within their bioregion. Each insight consists of an image produced by the student and accompanying text; students are producers of meaning rather than consumers.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Geography
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Home/Backyard
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

Water and Civic Responsibility: An Online Discussion Exercise
Rob Viens, Bellevue Community College
Students apply their science learning to regional issues related to water quantity and quality.

Bioregion Discipline: Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Pollution & Waste, Design & Planning, Water & Watersheds

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