About NR 009 OL1

Introduction to the Vermont landscape that combines elements of natural history, field ecology, and environmental history. Students visit locations around the Champlain Valley as they build observational skills, study natural systems, and examine past and present human relationships with nature.


Dates: June 20 - July 15, 2022; Fills NR Core requirements for RSENR First year students; Synchronous, fully online

Section Description

NR 9: Natural and Cultural Histories of Vermont is an 4-credit, introductory course in the Rubenstein School. It synthesizes content and skills taught in two first-year classes, NR 1 (Introduction to Natural History and Field Ecology) and NR 2 (Nature and Culture), and aims to prepare students for the next courses in the Rubenstein core: NR 103 and 104. We have two major overarching goals: to better understand this landscape in which we live, and to examine and strengthen our relationship with it. Through the lenses of natural history, field ecology, and nature and culture, we’ll grow this understanding and relationship – and lay a solid foundation for further study in the Rubenstein School.

Section Expectation

This class will take place online. There will be both synchronous meetings and asynchronous videos, readings, and assignments. We expect students to join and participate in the synchronous sessions on Microsoft Teams, and to complete assignments in a timely manner.


Guides and Entry/Exit Tickets: Most readings and lectures will include guides to help you focus your notes. We will have occasional Entry or Exit Tickets to assess how well you have been keeping up with your notes. Wonder Journal: The Wonder Journal and Project is the “signature assignment” for our class, and is intended to help you develop several key skills of a competent field naturalist – with a focus on written observations, sketching, photography, asking good questions, and learning more about some common species in the Champlain Valley. Your task will be to find a place within or near your home that you will return to throughout the course. Each time you visit, you’ll respond to a prompt that will help you develop a new skill set, and you’ll add a new entry to a portfolio. Syntheses: At the end of each week unit (about 1 week to 1.5 weeks each) there will be a synthesis to bring together what you’ve learned. We strive to give you a variety of ways to show what you know, including tests and more creative projects.

Course Dates



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