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The Value of Wonder

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Educational Equity, Sustainability |

Wonder is a beautiful thing.  Wonder opens the mind to new possibilities and perspectives.  Wonder invigorates the spirit. Wonder allows us to become more in touch with everything around us. -Socrates In my capstone, Outdoor and Environmental Education, I work with Capstone students to support them in becoming successful Nature Guides for the Friends of...

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Forest Ecology

Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Sustainability |

The science of how organisms react with each other, and interact with the environment of a forest ecosystem is called forest ecology. The key structural components of forest ecosystems are plants, animals, microbes, soils and the atmosphere. Forest ecology describes and provides an explanation for, and an understanding of, the differences between forest...

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Humanity’s Relationship to the Natural Environment: Food

Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Sustainability |

The root of many of the ecological crisis that humanity faces can be found in the deepest strata of our worldview and our relationship to the natural environment. Our relationship with nature is profoundly tied to our relationship with food and the ways in which we extract it from the environment. Historically, people have kept an intimate relationship with...

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Connecting with the Environmental Movement

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Social Justice, Sustainability |

“What would the world be, once bereft Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left, O let them be left, wildness and wet; Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.” —Gerard Manley Hopkins To what extent we are each conscious of the toll which human activity has taken upon Earth’s ecosystems is as varied as the surface of the sea. Whether we...

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My experience volunteering with Habitat for Humanity

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Social Justice, Sustainability |

Habitat for Humanity is an organization that aims to build affordable houses for low-income families. I participate in one of the construction project in Portland. There were almost 200 volunteers working in different parts of work on site at the same time. I was assigned to move dirt with shovel from a dirt yard to the garden between houses. The...

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