Each student in Field
Interpretation 3341 is required to complete a field experience as a part of the
course requirements.The goal of this
placement is to provide students with a hands-on perspective of informal interpretation
(non-captive audiences) in our community; further, these experiences will help
to develop student understanding of a variety of NE MN/Lake Superior natural
and cultural history topics.The field
experience options are detailed below:
Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve is
one of America’s best sites for autumn hawk watching.Hawk Ridge is seeking volunteers to assist
with a variety of duties, from released banded raptors to helping answer
visitors’ basic questions about hawks.Both your 3341 class experience and training at Hawk Ridge will provide
you with the skills and knowledge you will need.This field site is a great one for anyone
interested in spending lovely autumn afternoons outdoors and has an interest in
this unique aspect of MN natural history.Specifics:
Attend training on Sept. 15/16 at the Minnesota
Pollution Control Agency.
Volunteer 12 hours between early Sept. and Oct.
31—you will be required to set a schedule of 2/3/4 hours per week for
6/4/3 weeks so that Hawk Ridge has a solid understanding of your
commitment; further, the staff at HR cannot have students trying to earn
their 12 hours during the final week of the “raptor season”.
Write an experience critique (see below)
Great Lakes Aquarium
GLA is a place dedicated to
educate the public about Lake
freshwater.GLA uses the global
importance of freshwater, an in-depth look at Lake Superior and the wonder of live exhibits to raise the public
awareness of the importance of our precious freshwater resources.Volunteers at GLA will get a chance to learn
more about a number of LS topics, gain a better understanding of informal
public interpretation, and develop basic interpretation skills. Specifics:
Attend a training on Sept. 21, at GLA
Volunteer 12 hours (2-6 hour shifts, flexible
scheduling) between Sept. 24 and Dec. 3 at an interpretive cart
station.The carts are geared to engage
aquarium visitors in one of the following topics:Lake Superior Geology, Great Lakes
Shipping, Mammals, Stingray and Sturgeon touch tanks, and Fishing and Fish
Write an experience critique (see below).
Write a two page (dbl.
space/Times or Arial font) overview of your field experience, specifically:
Duties—what did you do?
Significant learning experiences—what did you
More—what more do you want to learn about
interpretation based on this experience?
Concerns—what would you change?
This critique is due in
class on Nov. 10th for Hawk Ridge volunteers and by Dec. 8th
for GLA volunteers.