Shifting Sands: The Restoration of the Calumet Area

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15
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
OPPORTUNITIES

In order to have a relationship with nature and a desire
to take care of it, students have to take the time to get to
know it, experience it, and then they can love it.

Mighty Acorns, Curriculum Guide

FORMAL EDUCATION ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT OF NORTHwest Indiana began when Henry Chandler Cowles started to bring his University of Chicago students to see the unique biological assemblage there. Before the South Shore Railroad was established, the only rail transportation to the Dunes was the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway and so his field trips were near its Miller, Dune Park, and Chesterton stations.

Cowles wrote that Chesterton was “the most interesting place in the vicinity of Chicago, since it shows types of nearly all plant societies, all phases of the river series…, all stages from pond to prairie, all types of dune activity”1 Dune Park, he wrote, “is [by] far the best place to study living dunes in all phases.”2


UNIVERSITY EDUCATION

Today all of the major local universities and Ivy Tech Community College have courses in environmental education. Faculty members are often advisors, consultants, volunteer workers, or board members of environmental nonprofit organizations. Several courses require that students gain some practical experience.

IU Northwest offers a bachelor of science degree in environmental science and also has its School of Public and Environmental Affairs. It offers advanced courses in fungi, plant diversity, regional ecology, con-

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