Environmental Field Studies Courses

The Environmental Studies Program at Lake Forest College, believes that the four-walled classroom is just one kind of learning environment—and not necessarily the best one. Environmental Studies believes that the experience-based field studies courses at Lake Forest are a critical component to any student’s education.

ES 203: Spring Flora of the Great Lakes

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This course introduces students to the identification, systematics, ecology, and natural history of the spring flora of the Western Great Lakes. This course includes extensive field work in the greater Chicago area, eastern Wisconsin, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Students learn to identify between 150 and 200 species of wildflowers, grasses, trees, shrubs, and other plants, and learn the characteristics of 15 to 20 plant families. more…

ES 204: Summer Flora of the Great Lakes

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This course introduces students to the identification, systematics, ecology, and natural history of the spring flora of the Western Great Lakes. This course includes extensive field work in the greater Chicago area, eastern Wisconsin, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Students learn to identify between 150 and 200 species of wildflowers, grasses, trees, shrubs, and other plants, and learn the characteristics of 15 to 20 plant families. more… 

ES 483: Senior Seminar

imageThis spring, the 2013 Senior Seminar class, Environmental Connections between Chicago and New Orleans, spent Spring Break following the Mississippi River south from Illinois to New Orleans, Louisiana. Learn with us as we continue to share the many connections made throughout the the semester, the spring break trip and through our individual student research projects. more…

ES 215: Environmental Psychology

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Environmental Psychology is the study of the environmental context of human well-being. This course is interdisciplinary, blending concepts and approaches not only from psychology and ecology, but also from public health, architecture and design. We consider both natural and built environments, and we explore them with a place-based method, grounding each class in the rich opportunities afforded by our local and regional environment. more…

ES 282: Lake Forestry

imageThe subjects of Lake Forestry are the trees and forests of the Midwest. Students learn the ecology of individual trees and of the forest assemblages that they are part of. Also included in this course are forest history and the history of forestry, the relationship between forest ecosystems and urban and agricultural ecosystems, and current forest conservation and restoration efforts. All classes are held outside. more… 

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