[Scpg] ethnobotany courses in MIchigan

Joan Stevens mamabotanica at sbcglobal.net
Thu Feb 10 09:36:17 PST 2005

Hello fellow ethnobotanists, educators, and friends,

Now is the time to start considering your summer plans and I would like 
to offer you two suggestions. I am teaching a 5 credit immersion course 
in Ethnobotany for the University of Michigan at their Biostation 
(UMBS) from May 15, 2005 until June 11, 2005. This course was developed 
by Dr. Dick Ford of U of M back in the 1990's and has remained one of 
the core course in our nation for training ethnobotanists, many of whom 
are well known members of SEB and the Society of Ethnobiology. After 
teaching with Dick for a year, he decided to ask me to take over the 
course in 2004, so if you would like to join the ranks of students 
trained in global, North American, Great Lakes, and Anishinaabek Indian 
ethnobotany, check out EEB 455 at 
http://www.lsa.umich.edu/umbs/course/spring/   If you act soon, there 
are many scholarship options to ensure this course is both affordable 
and transferable to your undergraduate or graduate institution.
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There is another option for those who cannot manage a 4 week class, and 
that is a 5 day mini-course in August, from August 17-21. Here is the 
summary of that new course.


  Cultural Uses of Plants in the Great Lakes Region (Applied 

  Do you want to learn how to field identify some of the Great Lakes 
most culturally useful plants with your eyes, nose, taste buds, and 
hands? Each day we will explore the life cycles, habitat, and ecology 
of the particular plants I want to get you to know well. After 
identifying the organisms in English, Latin (scientific classification) 
and Ojibwe, we will use sustainable harvesting practices informed by 
the traditional ecological knowledge of the Anishinaabek Indians 
(Odawa, Ojibwe, Cree and Potawatomi) to gather the plant and fungi 
materials we need to take back to UMBS's laboratory. Here, you will 
perform hand's on experiments where you will learn how to work with the 
plant & fungi products to produce inquiry-based and experiential 
learning consistent with Michigan's K-12 benchmarks and standards that 
can be taken back to your family, classroom, governmental workplace, or 
community. The focus of this course is for educators, tribal employees, 
and governmental workers, but anyone is welcome. This class should 
qualify for 3 continuing education credits for K-12 educators needing 
science (including integrated science), Michigan history/social 
studies, and multicultural perspectives credits for No Child Left 
Behind professional development for highly qualified teachers.

  Scott is an Odawa & Ojibwe teaching Ethnobotany EEB 455 in the Spring 
term here at UMBS and an Assistant Professor of Biology at Ferris State 
University where he teaches Biology Education classes for both 
Elementary and Secondary Education, while advising the BIOLOGY 
EDUCATION Majors (High School Teachers) and is developing FSU's new 
Integrated Science Teaching major and minor for K-12 educators.

I hope to hear from some of you,


  Scott Herron, Ph.D
  Assistant Professor
  Biological Sciences Department
  820 Campus Drive,  ASC 2012
  Ferris State University
  Big Rapids, MI 49307
  231-591-2087 office
  231-591-2540 fax
        Society for Economic Botany Student Network
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