Ecology at the Pines

OREGON — Ecology is the science that studies the interactions and relationships that exist among living organisms and their environment. The goal for this class is to introduce, or reintroduce some key parts to ecology and use specific skills to reach conclusions in a field setting.  Skills such as observation, describing, generalizing to create a theory, inferring, concluding, classifying and of course measuring are all part of our everyday life but we will take it back to more of a science skill focus.

The concept of ecology is based on three major ideas:

  1. Ecology of nutrition is the interaction between producers and consumers.
  2. The cyclic flow of matter through the planet’s environments such as water, carbon, and nitrogen along with others are recycled over and over again.
  3. Energy keeps those cycles going.  All energy comes to the planet from the sun and leaves the planet in the form of heat.

Any changes or interruptions, natural or manmade, to these patterns or relationships can alter life on the planet.  It is important to understand the relationships of our natural areas, such as a conservation area, so we can relate larger scale situations in a scientific way with sound support.

I am excited to have these field discussions with you and hope you enjoy the adventure of learning in the field as much as Peggy Doty, Extension Educator, Energy and Environmental Stewardship does. Please register online

Location: White Pines State Park, 6712 W. Pines Rd, Mt. Morris, IL 61054

When: Monday’s 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 19, Sept. 16, Oct. 14, Nov. 4

Cost: $5 total.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact your local Extension office. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.