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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

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

Transportation: Waterways to Interstate Highways
Charles Luckmann, Skagit Valley College
Students practice open-ended inquiry, guided inquiry, synthesis and expository writing as they explore personal and public modes of transportation, past and present, in the Puget Sound bioregion. This activity can be adapted to any region.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cycles & Systems, Cultures & Religions, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Lifestyles & Consumption, Water & Watersheds, Pollution & Waste, Human Impact & Footprint, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

Interconnectedness in The Upanishads and Upon Our Sheds
James Schneider, South Puget Sound Community College
In this workshop students gain understanding of the Hindu concept of monism and how it can be related to the sustainability concept of interconnectedness to classroom community as well as the natural environment on campus.

Bioregion Discipline: Religious Studies
Bioregion Scale: Campus, Local Community/Watershed, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Sacred Meals: Food, Community and Place in Indigenous Traditions
Suzanne Crawford O'Brien, Pacific Lutheran University
This assignment focuses on the importance of cultivating awareness of the interdependency of people and place. This core concept intersects with a central big idea of the course: how subsistence traditions maintain reciprocal relationships between human and ecological communities.

Bioregion Discipline: Religious Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sense of Place, Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Food Systems & Agriculture

Native Plants, Native Peoples: Ethnobotany of the Puget Sound Bioregion
Liz Fortenbery, Tacoma Community College
Students gain a small glimpse into a native knowledge system and the relationship between people and plants, and thus begin to develop or strengthen their own relationship to native plants and the Puget Sound watershed.

Bioregion Discipline: Anthropology
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Home/Backyard, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions

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: Cycles & Systems, Food Systems & Agriculture, Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Impact & Footprint, Cultures & Religions, Sense of Place

Evergreen State College