Unfortunately the EcoRanch can’t offer this course to Patagonia but Jeff can if you are enrolled with NAU. Take Bio/Env 499 Energy and Ecology. See details below and spread the word if you know anyone interested.
This course is an interdisciplinary, experiential opportunity designed for students seeking exciting new ways to learn and engage with the NAU curriculum. Students will be engaged with biology, environmental science, politics, culture, sustainability, systems thinking, and service work while living in the backcountry of Patagonia, Chile for three weeks. The central theme for this course is the HidroAysén project; a major hydroelectric energy plan designed in response to increasing energy demands. Students will investigate how this project could impact flora/fauna, hydrology, gaucho culture, policies, and the pristine environment of Patagonia, Chile. Students will experience first hand the affect climate change has on ecosystems, policies, and life in remote areas. Students will get their hands dirty working on local farms, learn sustainable living techniques, and help construct new trails and buildings. The major goal of this course is for students to apply theories, topics, and curriculum normally learned inside a classroom directly to the environment and culture they are immersed. Check out the flyer below:
Or you can take Bio 571 – Field Biology of Zion National Park this May.
This course is an interdisciplinary, experiential opportunity designed for students seeking exciting new ways to learn and engage with the NAU curriculum. Students will engage with biology, environmental science, politics, sustainability, and history while exploring Zion National Park. This hybrid course will run from May 9th to May 30th with the in person meeting from Friday evening May 16th until Wednesday afternoon May 21st. Students will be responsible for readings, presentations, discussions, experiments, and participation in all activities. Any questions, please contact Aaron.Tabor@nau.edu or Jeffrey.Meilander@nau.edu.
Real quick water data for you…we saved 300 gallons this month. Contact us about ways to save water at your home.
Finally, don’t forget about our Bed Building Bonanza Potluck April 12th from 9 am to 4 pm. We will be building beds for Hermosa Vida, eating delicious food, and having workshops over bed building, hoop houses, composting, and small scale gardening. We hope to see you there. As always, please try to carpool.