A Walk in the Woods

Brian Zimmer
Day/Time Taught: 
TR 9:30-10:45
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For newly arriving students at Appalachian State University, there is much to explore and I am talking about more than just the food court and King Street. Boone is surrounded by a most remarkable wilderness full of dramatic vistas, tumbling waterfalls, and a huge range of biota. This course is designed to help students walk with confidence and knowledge in their natural world. Ever pick up a stunning rock and wonder what made it sparkle? Ever hear a beautiful bird call and wonder what little creature had just serenaded you? We will ask many questions and work together to discover the answers. Along the way, we will seek guidance from great armchair naturalists like Aldo Leopold, Bill Bryson and Walt Whitman as well as local craftsmen and farmers. We will also discuss the ethics of interacting with nature whether it be harvesting a few wildflowers, stocking a trout stream, or performing mountain top removal to access coal. During guided walks, students will learn not only the names and uses of local trees, plants, and animals, but they will also learn skills of observation so that they can continue to cultivate their wilderness knowledge throughout their tenure at App State and beyond. There is no prerequisite level of knowledge for this class, just a healthy sense of curiosity and a love of the outdoors.

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The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Rick Klima

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