In Sentinels, we are introducing you to what we call “experiential wilderness skills and awareness training.” This type of skill development will help you learn things that are difficult to learn in a conventional classroom—things like attachment to natural areas and motor skills necessary to thrive there.
In this case study, we narrate the story of one exercise deployed in this course, a night class in the forest, which has proven valuable for helping our students develop an affective connection with the natural surroundings.
This course takes a human-environment geographer’s perspective, posing the following questions: What role does land play in particular cultures in particular places? How
do biophysical processes shape landscapes? How do social processes determine land use?
A course developed to address these related problems called Environmental Sentinels, which integrates experiential wilderness skills and awareness training with subject matter about local natural history, ecology, and environmental management.