Winter 2020 Term Courses


OSU Extended Campus, Winter 2019, Credits: 4         Instructor: Dave Stemper

Welcome from Instructor:

The the focus of a new Ecampus course, NR 380 – Nature in Storytelling over the Centuries, which is all about revealing connections between the stories we tell and the natural world surrounding us.

Along the way, you’ll engage in interesting and fun projects, including an opportunity to create and share your own ‘traditional’ story about the natural world. Who knows, this could open the door to your future career as a playwright or film director!

Degree Program Fit:

NR 380 – Nature in Storytelling has something to offer various degree programs!

Within the Natural Resources Degree Program, NR 380 – Nature in Storytelling serves as an option within the ‘Social Issues’ Breadth category, along with the ‘Natural Resource Education’ and ‘Human Dimensions’ specialty options.

Nature in Storytelling also serves as an elective within the TRAL Degree Program. With its emphasis on ‘storytelling’, NR 380 is a good fit for those students interested in environmental interpretation and natural resource education. Students in the TRAL program should speak with their advisor about this new course, which is seeing its inaugural run in Winter Term 2020.

For students in other degree programs, NR 380 is a great way to meet requirements or electives related to language arts, film & literature, sociology, anthropology, environmental history, new media communications, and more. Please speak with your advisor for details, and contact the instructor with any questions. I am happy to help justify its fit into your degree program.


OSU Extended Campus, Winter 2019, Credits: 3        Instructor: Dave Stemper

Become an informed defender of America’s wilderness resource!

While 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.

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


OSU Extended Campus, Winter 2019, Credits: 4         Instructor: Dave Stemper

Sharpen your communication skills… Energize your presentations, displays, and exhibits. 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).

OSU Extended Campus, Winter 2019, Credits: 3         Instructor: Dave Stemper

Explore a range of natural resource issues, and gain insight into natural resource management careers…

Managing Natural Resources for the Future is designed for students interested in learning about how natural resources are managed in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Students gain exposure to key natural resource issues, and how natural resource specialists come together to work on them. For instance, among the issues we’ll explore is hydraulic fracturing of shale (fracking) and Pacific Northwest dam decommissioning. It’s truly a dynamic course, and we investigate a broad range of natural resource issues.

In addition, students will discover some methods utilized to help ensure that our bounty of natural resources remain available for future generations to utilize and enjoy.

In the process of examining contemporary natural resource issues, NR 201 will cause you to re-examine opinions and values you hold regarding natural resources and their management.

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