YELLOWSTONE FIELD CLASS
This class uses a month of day hikes to examine the relationships between geology, biology, and how people make a living in the greater Yellowstone area. The first third of the class focuses on how the deep geologic past has generated the resources that plants, animals, and humans need to make a living. The ecology section focuses on the diverse ecosystems that exist in the dry basins, the relatively wet mountains and plateaus, and the near-arctic highest elevation areas. Finally, the public policy hikes highlight how people should best use the natural resources of the area. Students will see abundant wildlife, spectacular geology, and come to appreciate the many ways in which the West is culturally quite distinct from the East.