During eight weeks of traversing cities, rural communities and surrounding lands and waters of Washington State, Classroom-in-the-Field explores biodiversity conservation through four fundamental systems:
From protected wilderness to roof-tops and city parks, this theme explores the ways in which conservation enriches and supports human communities through the biodiversity supported within ecosystems and the ecosystems services provided, and how changes in human behavior can support or adversely impact biological richness.
Connecting urban community gardens, organic farmers, hunters, fishers, industrial food production and “wild” native food and medicine gardens, this theme explores the food-shed and its implications for environmental justice, public health, the conservation of genetic diversity within foods, environmental sustainability and cultural resilience.
From shrinking glaciers to urban sewers, this theme will expose how the protection of watersheds, aquatic habitats and the biodiversity within these systems affects and is affected by water supply and quality. These issues sit at the intersection between water-related ecosystem services, population growth, technology and restoration.
How will we adapt to rising seas, torrential rains and less snow? This theme brings the ultimate global conservation threat into local focus.