Thomas Beery

Center for Environmental Education

University of Minnesota-Duluth

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Sustainable Urban Adventure part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
In this field based activity students explore Duluth Minnesota in an effort to get acquainted with the community beyond the campus and to experience accessible recreation on a nationally recognized hiking trail. The adventure relies solely on bus and foot powered transport in an attempt to both encourage student exploration of the city's unique nature-based outdoor recreational opportunities, and also to emphasize the unique value of collective transport. Students ride the city bus to the downtown hub, transfer buses and ride to a trailhead of the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) located in the middle of the city. Small groups then hike the trail, a climb of approximately 400 ft. (122 m.) and 3 miles (5 km) distance. Along the hike students discuss various course topics such as Leave No Trace ethics, the SHT, proper hydration and nutrition for active recreation, etc. while also stopping to observe and discuss significant natural and cultural features, e.g. a stand of Jack Pine, a view of Lake Superior and the St. Louis River, the geomorphology of the Duluth/Superior Harbor, outcroppings of the Duluth Gabbro Complex, history of Enger Tower, homeless residents use of public space, etc.


Wilderness Philosophy part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Courses
This is an interdisciplinary field/lecture/discussion based course with a focus wilderness in an American context. The goal of the course is to deepen student understanding of the constructs wilderness and wildness as these terms apply to American history, land management, philosophy, and contemporary ideas regarding sense of place.


Making Sustainability Visible part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Essays
Thomas Beery, Center for Environmental Education, University of Minnesota-DuluthSustainability is about people and the choices they make, ultimately it is a question of human behavior. A deliberate effort to ...

Events and Communities

InTeGrate Sustainability Courses Workshop July 2012