Nature as Our Teacher: Learning Skills to Shape Change

Course Description

Nature has always had it all figured out - sustainability, healing, growth, balance, community. Using wisdom from the book “Emergent Strategy” by scholar adrienne maree brown and works of other visionaries, organizers, and scientists, this course positions nature as our teacher, exploring phenomena and patterns within ecosystems in an effort to find inspiration and ponder how to lead and imagine a way forward in the face of intersectional global crises.

Youth like you are at the forefront of the environmental movement, which is a movement in the pursuit of justice and learning about the relationships around us. This course will offer interested students the opportunity to better understand these critical relationships and make meaning of them. Through a series of readings and video lectures featuring various natural phenomena, as well as leadership development activities and critical self and group reflection, you will develop a deeper appreciation of our interconnected world, and grow your understanding of how to be an advocate for the environment and for our collective futures.

As an overarching project, you will identify a pressing issue that you are passionate about and, with support from faculty and peers, create an Action Plan to apply your learning from the course to take action on this issue in your home communities. You are welcome, but not required, to think about potential topics before the course begins.

Our goals by the end of this course are to:

  • Understand how elements of nature offer wisdom to address intersectional environmental issues and the pursuit of justice.
  • Identify and strengthen our personal leadership qualities and think about powerful ways of collaborating and problem solving with others.
  • Deepen our understanding of issues facing our planet and the work being done to address and repair the harm caused
  • Practice imagining solutions for the complex, intersectional issues we face by developing an Action Plan project, using lessons from the course to demonstrate learning and generate positive change within our local communities.
The essential question we will ask throughout the course is "What can we learn from nature about environmental leadership?"




One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: July 25, 2022 - July 29, 2022
Duration: 1 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 8:30A-11:20A
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Lydia Geschiere
Course Number: 10127