Dates: Tuesdays; Nov. 21–Dec. 12

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Hope Lutheran  Church

This course will explore the evolution of the great naturalist tradition through the centuries, stretching from the gentle nature observations of Gilbert White (1789), to the environmentalism of Rachel Carson and Ed Abbey and beyond. Through readings, lectures and discussion, we will explore threads that unify the influential naturalists and consider how these people connected to the natural world through both scientific and philosopher-poet eyes—the scientist looking at “What” and the philosopher-poet asking “Why”. We will end by considering the relevance of the naturalist tradition for today and its future path in a technological, media-focused world. Robin will incorporate her own experiences as a

naturalist, scientist and creative writer.

Class Format: lecture and discussion Readings: TBD

PattenInstructor: Robin Patten is a naturalist and writer working from her home on the edge of Yellowstone Park. She holds a PhD in ecology, with further graduate studies in environmental history, literature, and cultural geography. Robin has traveled extensively, always considering the natural heritage of the lands she walks through and is currently pursuing a project to visit the landscapes that inspired some of the world’s influential naturalists.