Fulfills the LSA Upper Level Writing Requirement.
Combining discussion of some classic examples of nature writing from this region (fiction, non-fiction, and poetry) with significant attempts by students to write essays and personal narratives about their experiences with the natural world, this course will take advantage of the resources of the Biological Station—habitat, trails and lake—to stimulate more impressionistic responses. Recognizing that students at UMBS will be involved in research and genuine scientific inquiry, the course combines that work with a medium designed for an intelligent but uninitiated reader. The reading list includes A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway, and other books. Students keep a journal that includes their reading responses, their essay ideas, and observation exercises. Four shorter papers of observation, description, and narration, and one 10-page paper that incorporates personal experience, observation of the natural world, and research (either from the field or from the library) are required.