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Severson Naturalist Night- The building blocks of each science: Geology and soils

Syllabus 2017
Severson Dells Nature Center: Greg Keilback
Severson Nature Night- Instructor’s phone: (815) 335-2915
Listed Tuesday’s of the Month 7:00 p.m.-8:15p.m. 
greg@seversondells.org
Credit hours = 4
Prerequisite(s)- A general interest in understanding the natural world 

Welcome and Introduction
“Welcome to Severson Extra Credit. I’m your instructor, Greg Keilback. We’ll be together for the next semester. In this course, we’ll come together to help you learn a deeper wealth of knowledge about the natural world around you.” 

Course Theme
“One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.” 
― Aldo Leopold

Course Goals
•    Develop a deeper understanding of the science(s) of Ecology
•    Break down each sub-science and study them in depth
•    Enhance the values you find in nature
•    Build your confidence in understanding controversial topics to take a stand
 
Methods of Instruction
Teaching will be done in a classroom style.  Students will be encouraged to ask questions throughout presentations.  I will try not to be a talking head, and use as many examples of my personal work history to explain topics.

Course Component Specifics
Class participation is a must.  Each student will be graded not on their overall understanding of topics, but on interest and development of thought.  Some topics may lead into controversial discussions; which is fine. In such discussions all sides of an argument must be voiced without personal attacks.
Plagiarism and cheating have no place in a community of scholars. Have the confidence in yourself to give your original best. This is all that is required of you. 

Attendance and Make-Up Work
Absence of class will be understood.  Students will need to make arrangements with me to receive make-up work to stay up to speed in the class.  Make-up work will generally be readings.  Lab work/class exercises will not be made up.
If you miss class, make arrangements with me as soon as possible to arrange time for your make-up assignments. You are responsible for getting class notes from a classmate. 

Course Requirements and Grading
As stated above, class grading will be evaluated by students’ ability to show interest and develop thought.  Class work, pop quizzes, homework ect., will be used to generate thought and provoke discussion and will not have weight towards the passing of the course.  Writing assignments will be graded only on content and thoroughness of idea, not on grammar.   

Office Hours
Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

How to Reach Me
See the information on the top of this syllabus. Please call if you have questions or to schedule make-up work or an appointment. If I am unavailable, I will get back to you ASAP, usually within 24 hours. 
Schedule

January 24, 2017:
    Introduction to the science of Ecology

February 7, 2017:
    The building blocks of each science-geology and soils

February 21, 2017:
    Botany-Terrestrial plant ecology

March 7, 2017:
    Prairie Ecology- It’s a light thing

March 21, 2017:
    Dendrology- The study of trees

April 4, 2017:
    Fire Ecology- Best thing to study on a cold night

April 18, 2017:
    Animal Behavior

May 2, 2017:
    The hot topics that keep the sciences in the news and on peoples minds

May 16, 2017:
    Bringing it all together: Ecologists today

Later Event: February 10
Lantern Walk