During eight weeks of traversing the urban jungle, rural areas, and surrounding wild lands 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 destroy, biological richness.
Connecting city community gardens, organic farmers and industrial food production, this theme explores the food-shed and its implications for environmental justice, public health, the conservation of genetic diversity within foods and environmental sustainability.
From shrinking glaciers to urban sewers, this theme will expose how the protection of watersheds and 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.
Can we adapt to rising seas, big rains and less snow? This theme brings the ultimate global conservation threat into local focus.