Field Science 101

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Field Science 101 is an introduction to science through field study that puts the student in direct contact with the local natural environment. Students spend time outdoors observing, drawing, and recording data. In order to develop skills as observers, they follow in the footsteps of great naturalists and use some of their traditional tools. The emphasis in the present course is upon nature as synthetic or holistic, as a complex of specific goal-directed entities; subsequent pursuits in natural science will emphasize the way of analysis, of seeing parts in relation to the whole. This course typically includes investigations in the areas of astronomy, botany, ornithology, entomology, ecology, and geology.

Usually Taught By

Materials Used

  • Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
  • Matthews, A Rocky Mountain Natural History
  • Sibley, Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America
  • Fabre, Fabre’s Book of Insects