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Student Discoveries

The Department of Environmental Studies 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 223: African American Environmental Culture from Slavery to Environmental Justice

Until the environmental justice movement rose to prominence over the past few decades and invited a more critical perspective on the connection between race and the environment, popular understanding of the American environmental (and environmentalist) tradition had effectively been whitewashed.  But why?  This course will work to find answers to that question while unearthing the deeper roots of African American environmental culture in conversation with key moments in African American history – from slavery to sharecropping, from migration and urbanization to environmental justice.

ES 204: Summer Flora of the Great Lakes 

Image taken by Victoria Jones '13

Plant Review Pages

ES 205: Prairie Flora of the Western Great Lakes