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SUMMER 2003 • VOLUME 8, NUMBER 1
SPECIAL ISSUE: REAPING THE REWARDS OF
THE PLAN FOR MOUNT HOLYOKE 2003

Plan goals: Promote environmental literacy, research, study, and responsibility • Explore new curricular programs

 
 
THOMAS MILLETTE
  Curricular trails, campus networks of data collection stations, are enabling faculty and students to have access to information about weather, tree growth, water quality, and even the migration of American eels through campus waterways as they return to saltwater to spawn. Here, Stacie Davis (left) and Suzanne Moum, both '05, gather data about invasive plant species at one collection station.
In Shakespeare's As You Like It, Duke Senior, exiled to the Forest of Arden, exults to find "tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, / Sermons in stones, and good in every thing." Imagine how he might have felt about Mount Holyoke's curricular trails, campus networks of data collection stations that gather and communicate information about weather, tree growth, water quality, and even the migration of American eels through campus waterways as they return to saltwater to spawn.

The curricular trails were developed by the Center for Environmental Literacy as part of the College's ongoing efforts to use the campus as a vast, green laboratory for the study of landscape ecology. Far from being limited to environmental studies, the data collected on the curricular trails, accessible to anyone who can use a Web browser, has made possible the study of issues in history, economics, and a variety of other fields. To bring the outdoors into the classroom, the center has focused on developing ways to infuse nonenvironmental courses with environmental elements, in effect "greening" the curriculum. That effort, launched this year in a limited number of courses, has great potential for the broader curriculum, says Thomas Millette, director of the center and associate professor of geography. This fall, he said, a faculty seminar is planned "to get interesting ideas from faculty members on how to 'green' the curriculum from the social science and humanities side of things." As more data is collected along the curricular trails, perhaps more people will be able to learn from what the trees and brooks are saying.

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