Department of Environmental Conservation, Skagit Valley College
Bioregion Assignment part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
This bioregional assignment is set up as a weekly homework assignment that is physically handed in to the instructor for grading. At the end of all the assignments students should get a sense of urgency that is upon us in managing our natural world going forward; the speed of change becomes real when students look at land use changes and changes in values that has happened in the past few decades. In addition, students share their papers in weekly group work sessions where they look for commonalities and trends in their answers. This activity was inspired by my participation in the Curriculum for the Bioregion meetings for the past six years.
Ecosystem Services and Environmental Economics part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
In this exercise, students will explore the value of ecosystem services of an ecological restoration project that they are proposing. They will be able to compare the ecosystem services value to the cost of the restoration project.
Environmental Science: Citizen Action in the Global Environment part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Courses
This special course in environmental science will explore how natural resource management has changed and developed over time. Many different socio-economic groups, institutions and NGOs continue to influence the societal values guiding the uses/abuses or conservation of our natural resources and biodiversity. Through readings, videos, fieldtrips, and guest speakers we will explore the challenges that we as individuals and nations face in the very near future. Finally, we will make international comparisons.