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Civic Stewardship and Interdependency: Rethinking Our Local Patterns of Consumption and Development
Tara DerYeghiayan Roth, Seattle University
This "Exploratory Essay" writing assignment asks students to acknowledge themselves as stakeholders in their communities, to take a closer look at the urban or suburban town they call home, and to re-examine notions of entitlement.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: National/Continental, Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Lifestyles & Consumption, Sense of Place

Developing a Sense of Place with Pre-service Science Teachers
Andrew Gilbert, The Evergreen State College
The lesson content focuses on designing investigations concerning the notion of scale through a series of investigations on their campus. The overarching goal is to foster a connection to the earth through an investigation of the local environment.

Bioregion Discipline: Interdisciplinary Studies, Geoscience, Geography
Bioregion Scale: Campus
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sense of Place

Wilderness Practice within the Circumference of the Collegiate Home
Elizabeth Sikes, Seattle University
This is a field activity that reinforces the concept of what Gary Snyder calls "a practice of the wild," that is, a practice that engages and connects the whole person within the local ecological community broadly conceived.

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

Fuel Your Fire: Overcoming the Cult of Powerlessness
Elizabeth Mogford, Western Washington University
A series of activities that aid the student in the development of his/her own strategies to stay inspired and motivated in his/her activist efforts.

Bioregion Discipline: Sociology
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Civil Society & Governance, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

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:Learning Communities, Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Reflective & Contemplative Practice

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

Place Quilt: Exploring Visual Language through Sense of Place
Rob Beishline, Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom
Black and white silhouette project for undergraduate art appreciation students exploring the idea of place.

Bioregion Discipline: Art
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

Sustainability, Nuclear Waste, and the Hanford Site
John VanLeer, Cascadia Community College
An introduction to the Hanford Site in Washington, including its history, geology, and hydrology, and examines the sustainability issues associated with it.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Geoscience
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Pollution & Waste, Energy

Marine Debris: Fishing for Microplastics in Your Home
Julie Masura, University of Washington-Tacoma Campus
Students engage with the issue of plastics found in the ocean environment, by exploring products in their homes which contain plastics; they also learn how to calculate the concentration of plastics found in a chosen personal care product.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies, Oceanography/Marine Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Pollution & Waste

Bioregion Assignment
Claus Svendsen, Skagit Valley College
A weekly bioregion homework assignment exploring for the student local landscape changes. What were the past natural conditions and native uses to todays uses, as well as projected changes in the coming decades.

Bioregion Discipline: Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed, Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Ecosystem Health, Water & Watersheds, Natural Resources, Sense of Place, Human Impact & Footprint

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