I had the opportunity to take a wetland tour offered by students from Midori Sakura’s Wetland Ecology ENVS 220 a while back and, let me tell you, it was worth the wet feet. My tour date occurred during a particularly damp season, and the waters of North Creek crept in over the top of the campus-issued rubber boots. Current conditions, I am told, are far more boot-friendly.
The outing was memorable for many reasons: I got to put my hands in the muck, see a beaver condominium, feel vaguely unlawful as our group traipsed past the do not enter signs, and learn all kinds of wetland facts.
I also got to see what I consider a supreme example of integrative learning. These students spend a quarter in the classroom and in the field, studying the wetland by its individual components and as an ecosystem. Then they gear up for wetland day, developing posters and games, and honing their public speaking skills in preparation for tours.
Wetland Day is on Thursday, June 5, 2014. The students are offering a public tour at 2:30 pm. (Cascadia employees are welcome to join tours that depart at 9:15 and 11:00 if they’re unable to make the 2:30 slot.) All interested individuals are asked to meet in the courtyard outside the CC3 building. Knee high boots will be provided, but you’re advised to bring socks, wear long sleeves, and pants. The tour will last approximately one hour and 15 minutes.