Today on the blog we’re delighted to feature guest author Lynne Scott of the Principia School. Lynne recently traveled from St. Louis, Missouri to the Tetons, along with 21 Principia students and three other chaperones, for a week at Tetons Science Schools exploring what it means to be a naturalist through science and art.
On the last day of our third place-based education workshop in Bhutan this past January, staff from the Royal Education Council were immersed in a flurry of sticky notes and passionate conversation. We had presented them with a real-world problem: In the past, winter snowfall and seasonal glacial melt has allowed Bhutan to generate hydropower for use in-country. But Bhutan has lost 20% of its glaciers in the last 20 years.
Most days as field educators, we ask students to do group work. Working cooperatively builds critical communication and collaboration skills. But at the same time, everyone who has worked in a group knows that it can also be a pain!
Can we talk about science without acknowledging human influence? Can we talk about human society without discussing our environment? Ecological Inquiry (EI), our most recent course in the TSS Graduate Program, wove together the social and the ecological as we explored the systems that drive policy and dialogue in the Mountain West.