Wildlife Tracking and Herbalism Classes Offered by ENVS Department in May and June...Register Now!!


Contributed by Carol Hansen

ENVS naturalist, snake charmer and department chair Jason Hamilton will be teaching two classes this spring/summer that can bring you into closer contact with the local landscape.

Jason will teach ENVS 142, The Art and Science of Tracking during “Maymester.” The class will introduce you to wildlife tracking techniques and show you how to read what’s actually happening in the landscape – feeding, breeding and other animal behaviors, and their interactions with humans and with other animals. It will enhance your ability to “read” the landscape and perceive many of the activities and interactions that bring the story of natural landscapes to life.  

In June Jason will teach ENVS 140, Introduction to Herbalism, a class that covers the theory and concepts of herbal remedies, and then teaches practical applications. You will learn how to make many plant medicines, how to deal with simple ailments, and gain herbal first aid skills. Studying herbalism is a great way to deepen your connection with the natural world, and to be able to help you, your friends, and your family.

In order for these classes to run, we still need some more registrations. If you are considering either of these classes, this is the time to sign up! Email Jason at jhamilton@ithaca.edu for more information on either course.