Participants traveled from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Silverton, Colorado to observe a range of climate zones at various altitudes as well as agriculture and industrial operations. The team stayed near Durango, Colorado for the majority of the trip. There, participants learned about local history, landscape ecology, hydrology, environmental education and environmental justice, systems thinking, forest and fire ecology, and landscapes of energy and extraction. For each focused site-based module, participants were guided through exercises aimed at analyzing, mapping and representing the systems of interest. Field observations became the basis for further synthesis in the classroom.
Silverton, CO (alt. 9,318 ft)