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Revision Date: 08-Apr-18

ENV-2050-VV01Z - Natural History of Vermont

Synonym: 164829
Location: Morrisville
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Semester Dates: 06-25-2018 to 06-29-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-25-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 06-27-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Ed O'Leary | View Faculty Credentials
Materials/Lab Fees: $50.00
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Global Perspective/Sustainability
Scientific Method
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

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Course Description:

Introduces the geology, weather, wildlife, and vegetation of Vermont as part of the larger northeast natural region. Compares and relates present day natural history to that of ancient times. Students uncover patterns in the natural environment that demonstrate both the uniqueness of Vermont and its place within the larger northeast region. Field trips required.

Essential Objectives:

1. Explain the basic ecological principles necessary to interpret past, present, and future trends within natural settings.
2. Describe the geological time scale as it applies to the major geologic events affecting Vermont.
3. Explain the nature and value of aquatic ecosystems such as wetlands, lakes, and streams, discuss human impacts upon them, and examine principles of their management.
4. Describe and discuss how geological, glacial, ecological, and human processes have shaped and continue to shape Vermont's landscape.
5. Analyze the causes and effects of Vermont's weather patterns and discuss the implications for Vermont’s ecosystems and wildlife due to possible changes to its climate.
6. Describe the major biomes and ecosystems present in Vermont taking into account the reasons for and boundaries of vegetation zones and the distribution of wildlife.
7. List the major zoological and botanical groups present in Vermont along with their distinguishing features.
8. Determine from maps the physiographic regions of Vermont and be able to compare and contrast their associated geology, fauna, and flora.
9. Connect the effects of climate, vegetation, wildlife and topography to each other.
10. Use common field techniques to assess ecological dynamics operating in a specific ecosystem.
11. Understand the impact of human activity on the landscape and our responsibility to conserve our natural heritage.
12. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating, and applying quantitative data and information.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

Because  this course lasts only one week, it would be practically impossible for students to complete all of the required textbook reading during that one week, therefore, it is expected that all students obtain the textbook far enough in advance of the first class session to have read the entire text prior to the first class.

Students should be adequately prepared for each day's field trip, including appropriate clothing suited for the weather, proper footwear for hiking, plenty of water, snacks and lunch, along with a small notebook that can fit in a daypack or pocket and writing implements.  A camera (cell phone would do) binoculars, hand lens, and any field guide that one would like to bring along could prove useful.

Please feel free to contact the Instructore before the beginning of the class with any questions.


Summer 2018 textbook data will be available on April 9. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Edward O'Leary
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Billi Dunham

Mailing Address:
1808 S Albany Rd
Craftsbury Common, VT 05827

  Home Phone: 802-755-6705

Notes: I do not have an answering machine at home but you can leave me a voice message on my cell @ 802-777-4538


'''Monday, June 25 - Introduction- Course Expectations and Overview and presentation of initial content''

Introduction to the course will be presented, then the following topics will be discussed:

geological history of Vermont as well as today's geology

glacial impacts effecting Vermont's landscape

rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, bogs and swamps

field trip to Morristown and Stowe to visit: Morristown Bog, Moss Glen Falls, Mt. Mansfield State Forest, Lamoille River/oxbow, and Little River.

'June 26'

Class will begin with a short quiz covering previous day's material.

New topics will include:  Vermont's pre-settlement forest, Native American pre-settlement population and culture, European settlement and andscape transformation, rise and decline of agriculture in Vermont.

Today's field trip will  include visits to Little River State Park in Waterbury to see Waterbury Dam & Reservoir and explore the Park's "History Hike" as well as learn about the role played by the Civilian Conservation Corps in Vermont..

''June 27''

Today's class will begin with a quiz covering topics addressed in previous session.  Then, the following topics will be covered: more about the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Vermont's conservation movement and history, history of land protection, including federal, state, municiapal and private sector land protection, legislated intended to promote land conservation and protection of Vermont's other impoprtant natural resources.  Today's field trip will be to Woodstock to visit Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park and Billings Farm.

'June 28'

Class will begin with a quiz covering yesterday's topics.  Today we will learn about how the industrial revolution impacted Vermont, the role of roads, canals, railroads, water transportation, including Lake Champlain and the Connecticut River, and how they played in Vermont;s development, including things such as sawmills, grist mills, logging, the slate, granite and marble industries, and the general dependence upon water power.

Today's field trip will include visits to Sentinel Rock State Park and Willoughby State Forest in Westmore to see Lake Willoughby, Willoughby Cliffs National Natural Landmark and State Natural Area, Willoughby Falls in Orleans, Crystal Lake Falls and Museum in Barton and the Old Stone House Museum in Brownington.

'June 29'

We will start today's class with a quiz covering tyhe topics addresses in the previous day's session.  New topics today include; Vermont's forested communities, its wildlife, endangered and exotic invasive species, extirpation and extinction, and species recovery.

Today's field trip will include visits to Cambridge Pines State Forest/Natural Area in Cambridge, Babcock Preserve in Eden and Johnson State College's campus forest in Johnson.

Afetr the field trip today, a summation/wrap-up of the week wll take place and the take-home final examination will be distributed to students.

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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