ERIC Number: ED329437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Field Studies in Plant Ecology I, II: A Short Course in Biology. BIO 286, 287, Fall Quarter 1989 and Fall Quarter 199O.
Each fall, the Department of Natural Sciences at Calhoun Community College (CCC) integrates a field trip to the Great Smoky Mountains into two of its biology courses. Two preliminary class meetings culminate in a 4-day visit to the park. A fee is charged to cover accommodations, breakfast each day, two picnic lunches, and transportation. Course requirements include: (1) reading reports of research conducted in the Great Smoky Mountains; (2) writing a report summarizing the field activities conducted and the ecological aspects highlighted during the trip; and (3) collecting a sampling of plants and data from a hardwood forest. Field trip activities include nature hikes, wildlife observation, and leisure time. This student fieldtrip handbook contains a general itinerary of trip activities, lists staff responsibilities and group assignments, reviews specific course requirements (i.e., a two-page summary of activities, lists of facts learned, descriptions of weather conditions, tree sampling methods utilized, completed field data sheets, hike summaries, wildflowers observed, and a course evaluation), presents tips for effective photography, and includes a section on Rocky Mountain plant ecology which reviews six forest types and the plant species found in each forest. A plant ecology conversion table, plant study data sheets, plant sampling data guidelines, area maps, and a field study program brochure are included. (GFW)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Calhoun Community Coll., Decatur, AL.
Note: Appended maps contain small print and may be difficult to read.