Natural World Cluster

For academic year 2022-2023. 

Experiencing and Understanding Nature

Do you have a favorite memory of being outdoors or do you avoid being outside? How do you perceive and engage with your environment? In what ways did the landscapes you grew up in affect your life? This cluster will explore how our minds and bodies process our surroundings, the relationships and beliefs we have about the environment, and the opportunities, barriers, and privileges that shape the physical and experiential access to the natural world. Our seminars will grapple with the ways we connect with and seek to understand our environment, even as it becomes increasingly precarious due to the climate crisis. We will also ask how our developing understanding inspires us to act. Throughout the year we will examine how we engage our senses, cognitions, histories, and resources to foster our growth as active participants in the natural world.