Environmental Sociology’s Tree Blog

Nature writing has a long history in the U.S.

Authors such as Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, Edward Abbey, and Dave Foreman are but a few of the giants who have undertaken this work.

This semester students are writing a blog based upon an assigned tree on Dickinson’s campus and walking in the footsteps of those mentioned above.  With the help of Dickinson Arborist, Mark Scott, students have explored the trees of Dickinson and adopted an individual tree to spend time with during the semester.  Students will conduct field observations of their tree and its environment and will aim to understand the role of their tree in the life of Dickinson College and the larger community.

Through this creative process students are encouraged to think creatively about space and the environment and about the social construction of nature as something separate from the human.  Students are asked to examine the relationships between society and the environment and their impacts on one another.