Notes from Abroad is a new feature on the Off-Campus Programs website, in which we highlight small snippets of a student’s experience. This week’s feature is from Rachel Lertzman ’16, an Environmental Studies and Politics major currently studying abroad in Botswana, South Africa as part of the ACM Botswana program.
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Glenn Adelson and his students have broken ground on a 200-year project to restore the natural ecosystems that once thrived on the land now housing Lake Forest College.
The Campus Sustainability Committee and the League for Environmental Awareness and Protection (LEAP) held a ceremony on Arbor Day to plant five trees around Middle Campus. The trees were donated by Mariani and Greco nurseries and Dennis Nyren ’72.
Glenn Adelson, an associate professor of environmental studies at Lake Forest College, joined Lake Forest city forester Peter Gordon, and Chuck Myers, the superintendent of cemetery, parks and forestry for a community forum with North Shore residents interested in restoring local ravines.
Associate Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies Glenn Adelson and his students are compiling information about 175 plant species in the area for a web site they hope will be useful to the public.
This Spring marks the beginning of the 4th growing season at the Glen Rowan Community Garden. Student Interns have been hired, seeds started, and clean-up has commenced – all we are waiting for now is the ground to warm up.
Spring Break 2013 marks the third annual trip for Environmental Studies Senior Seminar students to journey down to the Gulf Coast of Louisiana via bus along the Mississippi River, in their course on the “Environmental Connections Between Chicago and New Orleans.”
At present, the Lake Forest College Herbarium is home to more than 3,700 plant specimens dating from the turn of the twentieth century, with some being collected, purportedly, as early as 1848. Between the years 1895 and 1897, M.C. Jensen, a student and botanist, collected more than 70 specimens within the city of Lake Forest, IL, and added these to the College’s collection.
Even though Lake Forest College unexpectedly experienced record-breaking temperatures during spring break, many students already made plans to head off campus. Students traveled down south, where warmer weather traditionally is found during March.
Environmental Studies Senior Alex Gilbert ‘12 spent the Fall (2011) Semester on a “Semester at Sea” Program. Here are some of Alex’s many tales from his whirlwind trip to twelve countries in four months.
The Lake Effect Archive contains resources relevant to the environmental, historic, political, public health, and scientific issues surrounding Waukegan Harbor. Lake Effect(Island Press, 2008), an environmental memoir written by Nancy Nichols, recounts a childhood in Waukegan during an era when Waukegan Harbor was heavily polluted with toxic substances.
The Environmental Studies Program was given a gift of four praying mantis egg sacs by Nada Finn of Green Town Waukegan in April. The mantis nymphs hatched on May 18, 2011, the same day that garden intern Xander Agosta ‘12 had his 21st birthday. Having pet praying mantises has been an unexpected joy for the Garden Crew of 2011. The lesson, in brief, is that when someone offers you praying mantis egg sacs (oothecae) to care for, you just say yes.
Food safety has been a rising concern for many people in China, following multiple scandals and cases of tainted food in recent years. Minxu Zhang ’12 and Lesley Gao ’13, both originally from China, have set out to help. After earning a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant, they are spending the summer in Hangzhou establishing a community-supported agriculture system based on local and organic foods.