Health, Physical Education and Recreation | Seminar in Recreation and Parks: Applied Ecology Forest Communities
R317 | 3050 | Jim Rogers


Description of course content:
Forest Communities is an intensive two-week course utilizing
Bradford Woods Outdoor Center as a laboratory to explore the
ecosystems and interrelations in the forest.  This course is
designed to help students feel more comfortable interpreting forest
communities through identifying and understanding the basic
ecological parts and concepts associated with forest systems.

Course Goals:
ä¤	Increased awareness of the basic elements and properties of
forest systems.
ä¤	Strengthened identification skills.
ä¤	Increased awareness of the interrelationships within a
forest community.
ä¤	Understanding of current issues affecting forest management.

Required Book List:
-Kricher, John C. and Gordon Morrison (1988). PetersoníŽs Field
Guides: Eastern Forests. Boston, MS: Houghton Mifflin Co.
-Class Handouts

Summary of Assignments:
Course Schedule


Day	
Topic	
Assignments

1	
Introduction/Overview
What determines a community?	
Petersons Field Guide

2	
Community Organization and Structure	
Petersons íV Chapter 1; Chapter 3 (pp 58-61); Chapter 2 (pp 8-17, 25-
26, & 31-56)


3	
Succession	
Petersons íV  Chapter 4 (pp 154-219)


4	
Soils	
Petersons íV Chapter 2 (pp 26-28)

5	
Forest Types:
Beech/Maple	
Petersons íV Chapter 3 (pp 61-121)

6	
Forest Types:
Baldcypress Swamp & Pines	
Petersons íV Chapter 3 (pp 61-121)

7	
Forest Types:
Oak/Hickory
Field Trip to Spring Mills	
Petersons íV Chapter 3 (pp 61-121)

8	
Team Projects	
Journals Due

9	
Final Exam and project presentations	


Course Assignments

Field Journal  íV Trees 150 pts & Labs 50 pts  = 200 pts
Each student will be required to keep a field journal.  One section
of this journal will be used to document lab/field work as well as
personal reflections. The second section of this journal will be
used to create a personal field guide to trees.

Group Project  íV Presentation = 100 pts
Each group will be required to investigate a particular section of
forest and fully interpret their findings. This information will
then be used to deliver a group presentation lasting 15-20 minutes.

Final Exam  íV 100 pts
The final exam will be administered on the last day of the course
and will cover classroom notes, readings, and field laboratory
information.

Class Participation  íV 50 pts
The nature of the course requires class participation.  Points will
be awarded on the basis of class involvement, questions, and overall
strength of participation. Participation is NOT the same as
attendance!!!