Creating Community and Health Through Gardens

Summer 2014 quarter (Session I)

Taught by

ethnobotany, environmental and cultural anthropology, plant studies

In this 8-credit summer program, we will explore ways in which various types of gardens can contribute to community and health. We will spend much of our time outdoors, visiting medicinal, ethnobotanical, reservation-based, and urban food forest gardens, and engaging in hands-on and community-service learning experiences.  We will also consider themes related to sustainability, identify plants, learn herbal, and horticultural techniques, and develop nature drawing, and journaling skills. We will deepen our understanding through readings, lecture/discussions, and seminars as well as projects and research. This program is suitable for students interested in environmental education, community development, health studies, plant studies, sustainability, ethnobotany, and horticulture.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

environmental education, community development, health, botany, ecology, sustainability, ethnobotany, and horticulture

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day

Advertised schedule: First Summer Session, Week 1, Thursday, 9:30-4:00 Weeks 2-5, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:30-4:00 


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Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online:

Required Fees

Garden tools, workshop supplies, admission/tour expenses

Registration Information

Credits: 8 (Summer)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 25


Course Reference Number

First Session (8 credits): 40034

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