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Environmental Studies

ENVR—Department of Environmental Studies

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Fall 2016 Speakers, Seminars and Events:

Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21: help Stash Your Trash at the Wicomico County Fair. We’ll be promoting Stash Your Trash at the fair all weekend and would appreciate help from anyone who can spare a few hours to help (hu)man our tables (Saturday 10 am – 10 pm and Sunday 11 am – 6 pm). Contact Bill Nelson wanelson@salisbury.edu if you can help for a few hours.

Saturday August 27, 10 am-2 pm Get Outdoors Day kayak rides at the Hazel Outdoor Discovery Center.  Contact Bill Nelson at wanelson@salisbury.edu to help out.

 Wednesday September 7, 5:30 pm Henson 243 Working with Wild Animals: Then and Now

Saturday September 17, 9 am - noon Assateague Coastal Trust Beach Cleanup. Contact Bill Nelson at wanelson@salisbury.edu if you are interested; I'll provide the van(s).

Wednesday September 21, 7 pm Holloway Great Hall Seeking Grace in a World of Wounds: Environmental Sustainability as Spiritual Calling

Date TBA: probably a Sat in Sept Float for the Coast kayakactivism event, Ocean City. Contact Bill Nelson at wanelson@salisbury.edu if you wish to participate.

Saturday October 1, 11-2 pm: Jefferson School Science Fair We need five ENVR students to run our "make a bird feeder" and "make a bee nest box" booths at the Jefferson School fair. Help k-8 students and their parents make bird feeders out of bagels or pine cones and/or help them drill boring bee nest holes for their bee boxes. The fair is a lot of fun, it's great working with the little kids, and it'll be great to have an SU ENVR presence there. Please email Mr Nelson @ wanelson@salisbury.edu if you can help out.

Saturday October 8, 10 am - 5 pm Vienna, MD Nanticoke Jamboree  (You'll need to provide your own transportation.)

Wednesday October 12, 5:30 pm Henson 243 Hybrid Ecologies & Relational Ontologies: Toward a Hopeful Environmentalism.

Saturday October 15, 9 am-noon downtown Salisbury Wicomico River Cleanup. contact Bill Nelson wanelson@salisbury.edu if you are interested (boats/seats limited).

Friday October 21, 5-8 pm downtown Salisbury Trash Monster sculpture judging

Wednesday November 9, 7 pm Henson 243 Culture & Resource Management on the Chesapeake Bay.

For more information on our fall offerings, click on News and Events.

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SU’s exciting Environmental Studies department integrates courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to give students the tools they need to examine complex environmental issues in depth and assess them from a variety of perspectives. The program combines a solid academic foundation with extensive experiential learning opportunities: frequent opportunities for research and community engagement provide ENVR graduates with a substantial foundation for further graduate study or meaningful careers in environmental fields.

To see our 2016 newsletter with more information about specific projects, alumni and faculty updates, and volunteer events, click here.

A Dynamic Environment

For the outdoor adventurer who loves marshes, rivers, forests and barrier islands, there's no better-situated university on the east coast. With the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean next door, students can explore some of the mid-Atlantic’s most intact river systems, the Nanticoke and the Pocomoke; study coastal barrier islands such as Cedar and Assateague; visit major wildlife refuges at Blackwater and Chincoteague; observe working watermen’s communities on Smith and Tangier Islands; and investigate close to a hundred thousand acres of wetlands.

Getting Our Hands Dirty

ENVR majors gain valuable real-world experience through a wide variety of activities. Opportunities for study abroad abound: ENVR students can snorkel coral reefs in Honduras, investigate glacial landscapes in Iceland, or explore biodiversity in the Amazon. Some share meals with rural villagers in India; others walk Shinto Buddhist pilgrimage routes in Japan.

Kayaking the Nanticoke river

Closer to home, they canoe remote Eastern Shore creeks, kayak to Smith Island (Maryland's only offshore inhabited island, with a three-century tradition of harvesting the bay) and witness the mass spawning of horseshoe crabs in Delaware Bay. They create pollinator gardens, build wildlife habitat sculptures, and investigate an ever-changing range of Chesapeake Bay Topics with award-winning author Tom Horton. Green Floor Living-Learning Community students share common ENVR classes, develop environmentally-oriented activities, and perform green service projects. ENVR students intern in organizations as diverse as the Maryland Coastal Bays, US Geological Survey, Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, Irvine Nature Center in Baltimore, and the Maryland Department of the Environment. Six ENVR majors have been awarded EPA Greater Research Opportunity Fellowships.

Stewardship

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Stewardship and advocacy opportunities comprise an important part of our program. Environmental Studies students have worked to ban arsenic in chicken feed, helped political candidates push for storm water regulations, removed invasive privet from a local forests, and taught area middle school students how to monitor electricity use. They held a fundraiser to purchase an Environmental Studies greenhouse, built raised bed gardens at a nearby elementary school, and mapped out an interpretive trail at a local forest preserve. ENVR students are growing vegetables on campus, working to develop an on-campus sustainability tour for both students and visitors, and are developing plans for the ENVR House grounds in their Sustainable Landscape Design class, which we hope will serve as a learning laboratory for both SU and the community.

The Environmental Studies Program offers a flexible and relevant mix of coursework and field opportunities—and, above all, the chance to cultivate what Rachel Carson termed "a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life."

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