The Restorative Power of Nature

Last semester, I went on a field trip with my Environmental Humanities class to Muddy Run Recreational Reservoir in Lancaster County, PA.  We went canoeing, tested the water quality, and did the "Macro Shuffle" to find macro-invertebrates in a nearby stream.  My friend Nikki and I found a fairly large crayfish during our shuffling. Finding [...]

Assigning (Monetary) Value to the Environment

On Public Lands Day 2011, my friend and I spent some time in White Clay Creek State Park.  As we walked through the park, a few female Mallard ducks flew over the creek.  We found a few large spiders in vernal ponds and a grasshopper jumping around through the weeds.  We could not, however, identify [...]