Next summer ENVR Studies will host a course that really puts the “environment” into Environmental Studies: Exploring Delmarva—A Water’s-Eye View, offered by Tom Horton and Bill Nelson. This course will give you an opportunity to experience the Delmarva Peninsula as never before: traveling by kayak and camping along the way, we will paddle some of the wildest and most scenic areas remaining in the mid-Atlantic, through landscapes that still resemble what Captain John Smith saw during his explorations 400 years ago. We’ll explore pristine rivers, watermen’s communities and remote barrier islands; we’ll spend time with naturalists, talk with environmental organizations, and visit research labs. We’ll dine on crab cakes and fresh-caught fish, sample oysters and Smith Island eight-layer cakes, and gain an in-depth understanding of the ecology, culture, history and politics of Delmarva.
The class is actually composed of two-3 credit courses—ENVR 460 Chesapeake Bay Topics and ENVR 495 Environmental Field Studies—so you’ll not only receive six credits, you’ll fulfill the experiential component of the ENVR major and gain an ENVR humanities elective. More importantly, you’ll acquire the self-confidence that comes from taking care of yourself outdoors and the deep appreciation that comes from exploring wild landscapes under your own power.
This course starts May 20 and runs through June 20. The first week we’ll focus on the upper Bay and Delaware Bay; week two we’ll explore Virginia’s Atlantic barrier islands, week three the Nanticoke, and week four we’ll enjoy a capstone experience out on the islands of the Bay (week five is for creating and presenting final projects). We will return to Salisbury each weekend to “recuperate” in between trips.
The course is limited 12 students, and space is still available. Total cost (which will include your tuition & fees) will be approximately $2800 (depending upon final arrangements, which we’re making now). If you are interested, please email Bill Nelson at email@example.com, (phone 410-543-8105) with your major and minor, expected date of graduation, name of a professor as character reference, and an explanation of why you wish to gain this experience.
Looking forward to paddling with you,
Bill Nelson and Tom Horton