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2012 Syllabus

Study Topics:

Geothermal Activity
Wildlife Biology
Winter Recreation
Fire Ecology
and more

College of Forestry and Conservation

Yellowsone Studies Course

NRSM 374, 1 credit; January 30-February 2, 2014

Yellowstone Photo Gallery

Take this unique opportunity to study in Yellowstone over a long winter weekend! Students in the Yellowstone Studies course spend four days exploring ecology, geology, geothermal activity, wildlife management, winter recreation issues, tourism, environmental politics, and ranching.

This course introduces students to conservation issues and the natural history of Yellowstone with an emphasis on:

  • The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem concept including conservation of biological diversity and interactions between private, National Forest and National Park lands
  • Interactions between elk, bison, cattle and their predators and habitats inside and outside the park
  • Natural and anthropogenic disturbances spanning time scales of millennia to decades and how they interact to explain both the natural functioning and diversity of this complex region.

Course participants observe wildlife behavior in the Lamar Valley, enjoy the boiling river, and ski to Tower Falls for an onsite geology lesson. The course also includes talks from university professors, National Park Service staff, wildlife researchers, landowners, and environmentalists. Diverse perspectives offer students an opportunity arrive at their own conclusions about the challenges faced by the residents, managers, wildlife, and visitors of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Registration for this course requires an override form. Registration is on a first-come basis. To register pick-up an over ride form from Rachel James in Main (University) Hall 307, 243-6916,
The course fee is $150.

Wolf Track

Snow & Cactus, Winter in Ystone
Watching for Wolves, Lamar Valley
Early Morning Traffic- Bison