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February 23, 2014 / Mark Largent

Study Away to Yellowstone for Briggs, Madison, and STEPPS students

National Parks Field Course: Yellowstone 2014

Study Away at Yellowstone National Park

Dr. Daniel Kramer

May 24 – 31, 2014

 

Yellowstone is the world’s first national park and presents an extraordinary opportunity to understand contemporary conservation problems and their legal, political, economic, social, and philosophical challenges. Yellowstone is home to grizzly bears, wolves, bison, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and is the core of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest stretch of mostly undeveloped pristine land in the continental United States.

 

This course will introduce students to a variety of conservation issues related to Yellowstone including wolf reintroduction, invasive species, energy production and residential development at the park’s periphery, the interactions of large predators (e.g. wolves, bears) with surrounding landowners and ranchers, and efforts to create an international system of wildlife corridors from Yellowstone to the Yukon.

 

In addition to plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing, hikes, and touring, the course includes talks from National Park Service staff, wildlife researchers, surrounding landowners and ranchers, professors, and local environmentalists.

 

Cost: ~$1,500 plus tuition and fees

  • Includes travel (airfare to Bozeman, MT and transportation to Yellowstone)
  • Incudes cabin accommodations at Yellowstone Overlook Kendeda Field Campus
  • Includes all meals
  • Includes field trips in park and to surrounding areas

 

Credit: 3 credits (Arrangements below are still tentative so please verify with Dr. Kramer)

  • JMC: MC390
  • FW: Fulfills Experiential Learning requirement
  • Lyman Briggs: Fulfills LB335: Natural Environment
  • STEPPS: Fulfills either Science Applications or Public Policy requirements or MC459

 

Interested students should email Dr. Kramer (dbk@msu.edu)

 

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