Course Goals

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Goal I: Foundational Knowledge

  • … describe the role geology plays in the Wenatchee River watershed.
  • … locate rivers, mountain ranges, and lakes within the Wenatchee River watershed.
  • … identify the basic organization and components of a plant and be able to describe characteristics
  • … identify the parts of an insect and the basic structure of several insect orders.
  • … understand basic anatomy, physiology, and topography of birds.
  • … describe the characteristics of native mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
  • … describe the components of shrub-steppe, montane, and riparian ecosystems.
  • … identify 100 common plant and animal species by name, including trees, shrubs, wildflowers, of 8 or more plant families, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects.

Goal II: Field ID Skills

  • … be comfortable using field guides and dichotomous keys to make identifications.
  • … identify conifers of the Eastside Cascade Mountains.
  • … identify common shrubs based on physical features.
  • … classify common wildflowers to the family level.
  • … identify common Washington birds by sight.
  • … identify common Washington mammals, reptiles, and amphibians by their physical features.
  • … identify common Washington insect orders.

Goal III: Field Journaling Skills

  • … maintain a record of observations in a field journal.
  • … use field sketching and note-taking to sharpen observation skills.

Goal III: Sense of Place Practices

  • … spend time in the close investigation of local field sites.
  • … volunteer with a local organization doing conservation work.
  • … connect the knowledge, skill, and experience gained to the local landscape.