Two Class Trips Already Making a Positive Impact for Students

One September 15 Professor Denise Bruesewitz and her Environmental Science Capstone class used Flagstaff hut as an off-the-grid resource to work on  field data collection techniques on the shore of Flagstaff Lake, and for each student research team to develop a core set of principles that will establish their team dynamic for the semester of collaborative research. She also wanted the students to participate in the energy tour of the hut, because part of our class project is to make carbon and nutrient budgets of the farm we are studying in our class this year.   Read the student reflections for both trips in the Archive section of this web page.

The next weekend, September 22, 2017, Professor Michael Burke took his Environmental Imagination class  to the Stratton Brook Hut.   The course was created under the auspices of the Center for Arts and Humanities, as one of the first Environmental Humanities courses sponsored by the Center. The focus of the writing intensive course is the ways in which humans have imaginatively constructed views of the non-human/nature, in literature, philosophy, art, religion, music, and architecture. At this point in the semester, the class had read excerpts in poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, with some particular attention given to Thoreau, John Muir, and Mary Austin, as examples of types of nature writing.

The goal of the trip was to expose them to the Maine in which they hopefully will continue to reside for the next four years, and to give them material for a nature writing assignment which was to be generated by the experience, and due ten days later.