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Consilience on the Coast
 Jeffers
 Urban Wetlands Restoration
 Service Learning




Dr. George Hart ~ CSULB
Taylor Parker ~ Tidal Influence
Peter Stearns ~ CSULB

Robinson Jeffers Conference
May 27, 2012
EO Wilson




Consilience: “…the sciences, humanities, and
arts have a common goal: to give a purpose to
understanding the details, to lend to all inquirers
a conviction, far deeper than a mere working
proposition, that the world is orderly and can be
explained by a small number of natural laws."
EO Wilson




Culture: Consistently changing and sometimes contradictory values
   “…the eternal foment generated by Multilevel Selection…”


                       The job of the:


     Natural Sciences              Social Sciences and Humanities
To Explain What is Going on         To Think Out and Deal With It
Southern California




“…be in nothing as so
 Depending on your
moderate as in love of
  wetland definition and
  source, 70%-98% of
man…”
  coastal wetlands are gone
English 444: Literature and Environment
A General Education Service Learning Capstone
Principles of Academic Service Learning
There are four basic guiding questions to ask about the principles of service
learning:

Engagement—does the service component meet a public good? How will the
community be consulted and how will the campus-community boundaries be
negotiated?

Reflection—is there a mechanism that encourages students to link their service
experience to course content and to reflect upon why the service is important?

Reciprocity—how will students and the community teach and learn from one
another?

Public Dissemination—how will the service work be presented or returned to
the public?
English 444 students at
Colorado Lagoon Restoration, Long Beach
Aldo Leopold / Robinson Jeffers
“The Shack” and Tor House
“The Land Ethic”


  “A thing is right when it tends to
  preserve the integrity, stability, and
  beauty of the biotic community. It
  is wrong when it tends otherwise.”


                   (Sand County Almanac 224-25)
The Land Ethic’s key terms:

As for “beauty,” it was, in Leopold’s view, an
attribute of lands that possessed stability and
integrity.
Integrity, stability, and beauty: they were three ways
of describing one object—healthy land—in terms of
its interrelated parts, its nutrient cycling, and its
pleasing appearance to the eye, ear, and soul.

               (Newton, Aldo Leopold’s Odyssey 347)
from “The Answer”

      Integrity is wholeness, the greatest beauty is
Organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things, the
divine beauty of the universe. Love that, not man Apart
from that, or else you will share man’s pitiful confusions, or
drown in despair when his days darken.

                                                   (CP 2: 536)
“Conceptual Restorationism” in Sand County
Almanac
  Lawrence Buell writes, “Environmental writing does
  not literally repair the biosphere, does not literally do
  anything directly to the environment. But . . . it tries to
  practice a conceptual restorationism in reorienting the
  partially denaturized reader not to a primordial
  nature, which we cannot recover either in fact or in
  fantasy, but to an artifactual version of environment
  designed to evoke place-sense” (Environmental
  Imagination 267).
from “Bixby’s Landing”
The laborers are gone, but what a good multitude
Is here in return: the rich-lichened rock, the rose-tipped stone-crop, the
         constant
Ocean's voices, the cloud-lighted space.
The kilns are cold on the hill but here in the rust of the broken boiler
Quick lizards lighten, and a rattle-snake flows
Down the cracked masonry, over the crumbled fire-brick. In the rotting
         timbers
And roofless platforms all the free companies
Of windy grasses have root and make seed; wild buckwheat blooms in the
fat
Weather-slacked lime from the bursted barrels.
Two duckhawks darting in the sky of their cliff-hung nest are the voice of
the      headland.
Wine-hearted solitude, our mother the wilderness,
Men's failures are often as beautiful as men's triumphs, but your
returnings
Are even more precious than your first presence.
2 Urban Wetland Restoration Projects
 From The Purse-Seine:
 “I cannot tell you how beautiful the city appeared,
 and a little terrible.”
Colorado Lagoon
FOCL Education Program


        Instruction                             Events                              Service-                        Innovators
                                                                                    Learning
    School-         Summer
                                      Estuary              Quarterly        Marsh         Champions                            TIDE
     Year
                                     Exploration          EcoEvents        Doctors        Curriculum
                                                                                                               Creative               CLEAN
                                                                                                                 Arts
Objective:         Objective:
                                                                         Objective:       Objective:
 Make CL a field    Offer quality
                                     Objective:         Objective:        Provide          Provide                          Objective:
trip destination   nature
                                     Provide            To celebrate     service-         service-                      1. Provide opps for
Audience:          instruction to
                                     monthly            the community    learning opps    learning opps                 those interested in
Classes            visiting public
                                     opportunities to   and the earth    for K-8th        for 9th-                          nature and
                   Audience:
                                     express            through the CL   Audience:        university                         education
                   General
                                     EcoConcerns        Audience:        General          Audience:                     2. Create Docents
                   Public
                                     Audience:          General          Public/Classes   General                        for Ed Programs
                                     General            Public/Classes                    Public/Classes                    Audience:
                                     Public/Classes                                                                           Interns



                                                                                                 Objective:                Objective:
                                                                                                  1. Provide opps to        1. Provide opps for
                                                                                                 develop and maintain      those interested in
                                                                                                 programs and events       science and
                                                                                                 2. Develop and            research
                                                                                                 Maintain ED               2. Create data for
                                                                                                 Programs                  Ed Program,
                                                                                                 Audience:                 stakeholders and
                                                                                                 Interns                   the public
                                                                                                                           Audience:
                                                                                                                           Interns
Service-
           Learning
   Marsh         Champions
  Doctors        Curriculum




Objective:       Objective:
 Provide          Provide
service-         service-
learning opps    learning opps
for K-8th        for 9th-
Audience:        university
General          Audience:
Public/Classes   General
                 Public/Classes
Here is the stuff we can see…..
…..And with it comes the stuff we can’t see…..
             Poor water quality
Contaminated Marine Sediment
 Pre culvert
 Post culvert
 Post culvert
From “Shine, Republic”
 “Be great, carve deep your heel marks.”
from “Solstice”
 “ We can even face our lives, to bear them or change
 them…”
STEARNS
 Service Learning Project/Experience Slides
Sit-Spot
The Real Work
from “The Deer Lay Down Their Bones”
 “What can I do for the child?”
Ritual of Restoration ~
                          Thank You!




      Ghart@csulb.edu
 Taylor@Tidalinfluence.com
   P.Stearns@hotmail.com

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Consilience on the Coast

  • 1. Consilience on the Coast  Jeffers  Urban Wetlands Restoration  Service Learning Dr. George Hart ~ CSULB Taylor Parker ~ Tidal Influence Peter Stearns ~ CSULB Robinson Jeffers Conference May 27, 2012
  • 2. EO Wilson Consilience: “…the sciences, humanities, and arts have a common goal: to give a purpose to understanding the details, to lend to all inquirers a conviction, far deeper than a mere working proposition, that the world is orderly and can be explained by a small number of natural laws."
  • 3. EO Wilson Culture: Consistently changing and sometimes contradictory values “…the eternal foment generated by Multilevel Selection…” The job of the: Natural Sciences Social Sciences and Humanities To Explain What is Going on To Think Out and Deal With It
  • 4. Southern California “…be in nothing as so  Depending on your moderate as in love of wetland definition and source, 70%-98% of man…” coastal wetlands are gone
  • 5.
  • 6. English 444: Literature and Environment A General Education Service Learning Capstone
  • 7. Principles of Academic Service Learning There are four basic guiding questions to ask about the principles of service learning: Engagement—does the service component meet a public good? How will the community be consulted and how will the campus-community boundaries be negotiated? Reflection—is there a mechanism that encourages students to link their service experience to course content and to reflect upon why the service is important? Reciprocity—how will students and the community teach and learn from one another? Public Dissemination—how will the service work be presented or returned to the public?
  • 8. English 444 students at Colorado Lagoon Restoration, Long Beach
  • 9. Aldo Leopold / Robinson Jeffers
  • 10. “The Shack” and Tor House
  • 11. “The Land Ethic” “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” (Sand County Almanac 224-25)
  • 12. The Land Ethic’s key terms: As for “beauty,” it was, in Leopold’s view, an attribute of lands that possessed stability and integrity. Integrity, stability, and beauty: they were three ways of describing one object—healthy land—in terms of its interrelated parts, its nutrient cycling, and its pleasing appearance to the eye, ear, and soul. (Newton, Aldo Leopold’s Odyssey 347)
  • 13. from “The Answer” Integrity is wholeness, the greatest beauty is Organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things, the divine beauty of the universe. Love that, not man Apart from that, or else you will share man’s pitiful confusions, or drown in despair when his days darken. (CP 2: 536)
  • 14. “Conceptual Restorationism” in Sand County Almanac Lawrence Buell writes, “Environmental writing does not literally repair the biosphere, does not literally do anything directly to the environment. But . . . it tries to practice a conceptual restorationism in reorienting the partially denaturized reader not to a primordial nature, which we cannot recover either in fact or in fantasy, but to an artifactual version of environment designed to evoke place-sense” (Environmental Imagination 267).
  • 15. from “Bixby’s Landing” The laborers are gone, but what a good multitude Is here in return: the rich-lichened rock, the rose-tipped stone-crop, the constant Ocean's voices, the cloud-lighted space. The kilns are cold on the hill but here in the rust of the broken boiler Quick lizards lighten, and a rattle-snake flows Down the cracked masonry, over the crumbled fire-brick. In the rotting timbers And roofless platforms all the free companies Of windy grasses have root and make seed; wild buckwheat blooms in the fat Weather-slacked lime from the bursted barrels. Two duckhawks darting in the sky of their cliff-hung nest are the voice of the headland. Wine-hearted solitude, our mother the wilderness, Men's failures are often as beautiful as men's triumphs, but your returnings Are even more precious than your first presence.
  • 16. 2 Urban Wetland Restoration Projects From The Purse-Seine: “I cannot tell you how beautiful the city appeared, and a little terrible.”
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  • 21. FOCL Education Program Instruction Events Service- Innovators Learning School- Summer Estuary Quarterly Marsh Champions TIDE Year Exploration EcoEvents Doctors Curriculum Creative CLEAN Arts Objective: Objective: Objective: Objective: Make CL a field Offer quality Objective: Objective: Provide Provide Objective: trip destination nature Provide To celebrate service- service- 1. Provide opps for Audience: instruction to monthly the community learning opps learning opps those interested in Classes visiting public opportunities to and the earth for K-8th for 9th- nature and Audience: express through the CL Audience: university education General EcoConcerns Audience: General Audience: 2. Create Docents Public Audience: General Public/Classes General for Ed Programs General Public/Classes Public/Classes Audience: Public/Classes Interns Objective: Objective: 1. Provide opps to 1. Provide opps for develop and maintain those interested in programs and events science and 2. Develop and research Maintain ED 2. Create data for Programs Ed Program, Audience: stakeholders and Interns the public Audience: Interns
  • 22. Service- Learning Marsh Champions Doctors Curriculum Objective: Objective: Provide Provide service- service- learning opps learning opps for K-8th for 9th- Audience: university General Audience: Public/Classes General Public/Classes
  • 23. Here is the stuff we can see…..
  • 24. …..And with it comes the stuff we can’t see….. Poor water quality
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  • 35. From “Shine, Republic”  “Be great, carve deep your heel marks.”
  • 36. from “Solstice”  “ We can even face our lives, to bear them or change them…”
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  • 44. from “The Deer Lay Down Their Bones” “What can I do for the child?”
  • 45. Ritual of Restoration ~ Thank You! Ghart@csulb.edu Taylor@Tidalinfluence.com P.Stearns@hotmail.com