Earlier this week, students in a new interdisciplinary course, Digging In, ventured to the Arboretum to explore the various ecosystems reflective of the Minnesota and Midwest region.
Taught by Professors Cindy Johnson and Becky Fremo, students had the opportunity to apply what they learned in the classroom to an outdoor, hands-on experience. The students visited three of the four major sections of the Arboretum: The coniferous woods, the deciduous woods, and Coneflower Prairie. In each environment, they identified several common species and discussed how the ecosystem was connected and impacted, not only to other and by other plants, but in relation to animals, humans, and climate.
Bri Jol ’20, Arboretum Assistant