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NJ WATERS:  A Watershed Approach

to Teaching the Ecology of Regional Systems

Its substance reaches everywhere; it touches the past and prepares the future;
it moves under the poles and wanders thinly in heights of air:
 It can assume forms of exquisite perfection in a snowflake,
or strip the living to a single shining bone cast up by the sea.  - Loren Eisley 

A SENSE OF PLACE

"I'm no scientist.  I explore the neighborhood.  An infant who has just learned to hold his head up has a frank and forthright way of gazing about him in bewilderment.  He hasn't the faintest clue where he is, and he aims to learn...Some unwonted, taught pride diverts us from our original intent, which is to explore the neighborhood, view the landscape, to discover at least where it is that we have been so startlingly set down, if we can't learn why."

- Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek 

Lessons

A Dynamic Watershed

Topo Twister

State of the Watershed

  A SENSE OF TIME

"We teach the past, we see farther backward into time than any race before us, be we stop at the present, or at best, we project far into the future idealized versions of ourselves.  All that long way behind us we see, perhaps inevitably, through human eyes alone."

- Loren Eisley, The Immense Journey 

 

Lessons

A Changed Land

The Nature of Imperviousness

How Lightly Do You Live?

A SENSE OF QUALITY AND QUANTITY

"We abuse the land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.  When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."

- Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac 

 

Lessons

A Look at the Bottom Dwellers

Ins, Outs, and In-Betweens

Above and Below 

  A SENSE OF CONNECTION

"All things by immortal power
Near and far
Hiddenly
To each other linked are
That though canst not stir a flower
Without troubling a star."

- Francis Thompson 

Lessons

A Perspective on Connections

Come to Consensus

A Community Watershed