Nine new wetland ecologists disperse to the world (PLE day 15)
When I would recreate myself, I seek the darkest wood, the thickest and most interminable, and to the citizen, most dismal swamp. I enter a swamp as a sacred place – a sanctum sanctorum. There is the strength, the marrow of Nature. – Henry David Thoreau
The Pymatuning wetlanders demonstrated their mastery of wetland ecology this morning on the final exam. This was a fantastic group of students, each bringing different perspectives and backgrounds to our discussions and explorations. Every one of them worked extremely hard, was not afraid to get wet :), and respected and appreciated each other’s opinions and differences. They learned a tremendous amount in a few weeks, and we collectively had a lot of fun along the way.
The experience was highly rewarding for me as well, as I learned a little bit more about wetlands, became a better naturalist, and tried a few new pedagogical things in the classroom (and in the field). And my life is richer for having known these individuals. Teaching this course has consistently been the most fun and rewarding experience of my professional year. And you certainly can’t beat spending three weeks at the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology!
So long hummock hoppers! Hope your summer gets even more peaty……
………..…or marshy. 🙂