Fall Courses

FE444X/544X Forest Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry

This course introduces the fundamentals of remote sensing and photogrammetry, with emphasis on active sensors. The course provides a review of GIS, mapping, and GPS within a remote sensing framework. A significant portion of the course will be dedicated to photogrammetry, supervised and unsupervised image classification, radar, and lidar. Labs are the most exciting part of the course, as there images will be analyzed, 3D landscapes will be observed, and point clouds will be manipulated. The course will provide the foundation for processing and interpreting the data acquired with UAV, particularly orthorectificationand geo-referencing.


T 10-12:50 LAB


Credits: 3        Instructor: Dave Stemper

“The idea of wilderness needs no defense. It only needs more defenders.”

-Edward Abbey

Though shared more than a quarter-century ago, Edward Abbey’s words endure, and carry more weight than ever before. America’s beleaguered wilderness areas are threatened in numerous ways. To ensure a wilderness resource for generations to come, tomorrow’s wilderness stewards need to learn about the multiple challenges confronting wilderness today. Come explore the meaning and significance of wilderness via TRAL 352 – Wilderness Management.

TRAL 352 – Wilderness Management is an engaging and interactive course offered through OSU Extended Campus.  Join us as we explore evolution of the wilderness concept, development of wilderness policy in the United States, and strategies used by wilderness managers as they confront challenges to America’s National Wilderness Preservation System.

Is it possible to love an area to death?

A significant issue addressed in TRAL 352 is that of ‘visitor impact’.

A very timely issue in Oregon, as wilderness managers are considering strategies to help mitigate the effects of excessive visitor use in the popular Three Sisters Wilderness. We’ll learn about those strategies, and hear from the natural resource professionals involved.

Through online content and outdoor exploration, you’ll discover unique wilderness characteristics, and the variety of approaches used to manage this vital American resource.

Come explore America’s unique wilderness heritage, and unleash the wilderness defender inside you.

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Credits: 4        Instructor: Dave Stemper

Sharpen your communication skills…

…Energize your presentations, displays, and exhibits

In Environmental Interpretation, students discover how to craft messages specially tailored to engage informal audiences. This includes not only those visiting parks, forests, wildlife refuges, zoos, and nature centers, but also those accessing information online or via social media.

Offered through OSU Extended Campus, Environmental Interpretation reveals the value of interpretation as a communication strategy.

Students receive training in communication techniques applicable to a range of disciplines, including natural resource management, cultural & historical resource management, digital media design, and journalism.

Students learn how to craft concise, effective messages for the general public. They participate in real-world interpretive projects available through agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and Oregon State Parks, and connect to internship and employment opportunities available through these and other agencies.

Environmental Interpretation adds value to your transcript, and satisfies core requirements and specialty options within OSU’s Natural Resources (NR) and new Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership (TRAL) degree programs.

In addition, students are made aware of additional training and certification opportunities available through the National Association for Interpretation (NAI).

If you’ve envisioned yourself working as a park ranger, nature center director, digital media designer, exhibit designer, or if you simply want to improve your public communication skills, then this is the course for you.

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Credits: 4        Instructor: Dave Stemper

Discover how to use your local natural area as a teaching tool!

Forest as Classroom (FES 430/530) is an online course designed for students interested in teaching others about natural resources, while learning a bit about those resources along the way.

Forest as classroom uses exploration of outdoor landscapes as a means of teaching others about science, ecology, mathematics, social science, and history. Through examination of forest ecology, forest succession, and broader natural resource management issues, students not only learn about natural resources, they discover some interdisciplinary methods used to teach about science, math, and other fields.

Forest as Classroom meets various requirements and options within the Natural Resources Degree Program, and can serve as an elective within the Education Double Degree and Education Minor programs.

In addition, Forest as Classroom can be used as an elective within the following degree programs: Master of Natural Resources (MNR, online), Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T. online), Master of Education (Ed.M., online), and Master of Science in Science Education (M.S., on campus).  Please speak with your advisor if interested in pursuing any of these options.

Whether a student sees themselves as a classroom teacher, interpreter, or scientist, Forest as Classroom provides an opportunity to improve teaching and communication skills.

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Summer Courses

BI375 Field Methods in Ecological Restoration

Using site visits and hands-on research, explore the roles of local adaptation, disturbance, natural history, beaver, and soils in the ecological restoration of Oregon ecosystems. Up to 4 consecutive nights camping in Central Oregon.

*Dates: June 25—July 6, 2018; Saturday & Sunday free. *Credits: 4
*Where: In & around Bend, Oregon
*Cost: In addition to registration fees, there is a $125 fee for this course for lab
materials and some food. Additional expenses include personal food & $90 for Fri, Sat. &
Sunday nights in the OSU-Cascades dorms (if desired).

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FES 499/599 Public Lands Policy & Management

Summer Term 3 (June 25 – August 17, 2018)
(on Corvallis Campus in Fall 2018)

CRN 74643/74653

Instructor: Dr. Stacy Rosenberg

  • Why do public land conflicts occur?
  • What laws, policies, and regulations are important for understanding public lands policy & management?
  • How do the federal land management agencies (e.g. U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) manage public lands?

Course Description

This course examines public lands policy and management in the Western U.S. It provides an overview of historical and current federal agency mandates and activities and highlights the laws, regulations, and policies that govern the federal land management agencies. Emphasis is placed on the political, legal, economic, ecological, and social context in which public land management decisions are made and the underlying causes of public land conflicts. The course can be used to meet TRAL and NR program requirements.



Applications-based course. Development and conduct of geospatial analyses using various spatial data structures, techniques and models. Students acquire, clean, integrate, manipulate, visualize and analyze geospatial data through laboratory work. Lec/lab. Equivalent course is GEO 480.

M and W, 1 – 3:50 pm, 6/25/18 – 8/17/18

PREREQS: GEOG 360 [C-] and MTH 112 [C-] and (ST 201 [C-] or ST 351 [C-] )

FES/FW 499/599 Bird Banding

Two-week intensive course offered August 20-31. Students will get the opportunity to capture, safely handle, and release songbirds. They will learn techniques to accurately identify the species, and age and sex of the birds in hand. A poster is available for more information. You can also contact and


Summer field courses and research in Southeast Alaska! 

Tatoosh School (

Learn more about course costs and our Bridger Scholarship Fund.

Apply now as courses are filling fast! Scroll our Instagram to see pictures and videos from the field. Questions? Email

The Tatoosh School is a nonprofit, university-level field school with a beachfront base camp on Prince of Wales Island and lecture halls in the towns, ocean, and forests of Alaska’s Inside Passage. It is the school’s mission to foster first-hand learning about the ecology and environmental policy of southern Southeast Alaska.

Rigorous academics focus on the development of a sense of place, a passion for civic engagement and a sound knowledge of the Pacific coastal ecoregion. You can earn up to 20 quarter units of credit and leave empowered to explore your surroundings with wide-eyed curiosity and to reach out as an active and informed citizen.

Students are field scientists and participate in several long-term ecological research programs in collaboration with our partners. Gain invaluable experience and professional connections that can last a lifetime.

6-week Summer Session:  June 20 – August 1, 2018 Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology + Politics of Place + Applied Methods (9 semester or 14 quarter units)

The Core Session expedition includes three upper-division classes taken concurrently, these are ecology, natural resource policy, and applied field research methods.

Course Descriptions:

Aquatic & Terrestrial Ecology of Southeast Alaska (4 semester or 6 quarter units, 410/510). Students develop an understanding of key ecological principals of aquatic and terrestrial systems, from the nearshore intertidal zone to the high alpine. This class also examines the adaptations and relationships of organisms to their environments over time and space.

Politics of Place: Southeast Alaska (4 semester or 6 quarter units, 410/510). Topics include land ownership, public and private land management, conservation strategies, local and regional economies, Alaska Native cultures and communities, and contemporary resource management issues. A focus is placed on the evolution of social and legal structures, and how these structures guide current decision-making.  Inquiry and reason are applied to real-life challenges, and students engage with citizens and policymakers to consider solutions.

Applied Methods in Field Research and Education (1 semester or 2 quarter units, 410/510) explores methods for the development and implementation of active teaching and research programs that integrate people, leadership, academics, community, and ecology. Course content will explore ecological and socio-economic research methods, non-formal teaching and learning techniques, place-based education, and community interaction in higher education.


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