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Top 9 Unity College Destination Education Experiences

July 29, 2022

Top 9 Unity College Destination Education Experiences

Build Lifelong Relationships While Learning in Unique Maine Locations

Come live where you learn! Take your hybrid learning experience to the next level and gain unique experiences with courses taught at Unity College’s Field Station in Unity, Maine. You’ll build relationships that will last a lifetime with your professors and peers. With room & board options available, and access to financial aid opportunities, the ability to join us for 1 or 2 classes makes this option more accessible and affordable than ever before!

Opportunity awaits! Join us today!

1. Introduction to Wildlife

Walk on the wild side … Whether you’re looking to manage wild animal populations or work in captive settings, this course will get you ready for a career in wildlife management.

HL 197 Introduction to Wildlife 3 credits

This course will introduce students to the science of wild animal conservation, through both the management of wild populations as well as the care of wildlife in captivity. We will learn about the history of wildlife management in the US and how current goals and policies shape the work of captive and wild population managers. During our course excursions, we will seek out animals in their native habitats and do some up-close-and-personal studying of animals in the college’s collection. We may include a full-day field trip to Maine’s Wildlife Park. This course is designed for students who are pursuing careers in managing wildlife or in caring for wildlife in captive settings.

Contact Hybrid Learning Coach, Den Suehiro, to sign up today!

2. Map, Compass, and GPS

Never get lost! Learn key map, compass and GPS skills to successfully navigate in any terrain.

HL 194 Map, Compass, and GPS 1 credit

Map, Compass and GPS will teach fundamental skills of outdoor navigation used during recreation, scientific, law-enforcement, and search and rescue operations in wilderness or natural settings. After completing this course, students will be able to “read” a landscape, utilize common topographic maps, declinate a compass, plot routes and shoot bearings accurately. They will be able to integrate GPS use with map and compass skills to accurately track and verify routes, navigate to waypoints and quickly manage mapping data for remote collaboration with other users. This course requires a recently produced smart phone.

Contact Hybrid Learning Coach, Den Suehiro, to sign up today!

3. Reading the Forested Landscape

Become a nature detective! Learn about our forests and look for clues that are hiding in plain sight.

HL 195 Reading the Forested Landscape 1 credit

Will your career take you into the forest? In this course students will spend each week exploring forests in central Maine. Students will learn to “read” the story—past, present, and future–of the forests we explore. Students will learn to identify and measure some important tree species, understand forest succession, look for clues as to the history of human use.

Contact Hybrid Learning Coach, Den Suehiro, to sign up today!

4. Streams, Rivers, and Lakes

It’s the lifeblood of our ecosystem. Learn about different types of waterways, the challenges they are facing, and the role humans play.

HL 198 Streams, Rivers, and Lakes 1 credit 

Surface water bodies, such as rivers and lakes, create unique habitats, ecosystems, and food and water resources for wildlife. They also serve vital functions in human society related to transport, industry, municipal water resources, energy generation, and recreation. Unfortunately, a significant proportion of these water bodies are experiencing a variety of challenges from pollution, to invasive species, and climate change. In this experiential course students will work in teams to collect water quality data and analyze land use and water flow characteristics in watersheds local to the campus. The goals are to introduce environmental issues relating to freshwater ecosystems, learn about stakeholders and their interests, and familiarize students with a variety of scientific tools for characterizing water bodies. This course is designed for students who are pursuing careers in conservation law enforcement, wildlife and fisheries biology, or environmental science.

Contact Hybrid Learning Coach, Den Suehiro, to sign up today!

5. Firearms Safety

Safety first! Get hands-on experience using and maintaining firearms. Perfect for students preparing for careers in law enforcement, or anybody looking to safely handle a firearm.

HL 208 Firearms 3 credits 

This course covers the handling, use and maintenance of firearms by law enforcement officers and wildlife biologists. Loading techniques, cleaning methods, and inspection procedures of service weapons used by law enforcement agencies will also be covered. Students will receive range experience and qualify on a police firing range (using State of Maine standard) with each weapon. Firearm safety will be stressed throughout the course along with State of Maine laws on liability, personal responsibility, gun control, concealed weapons, and self-defense. This course includes both classroom and practical sessions.

Contact Hybrid Learning Coach, Den Suehiro, to sign up today!

6.  Animal Training

Learn animal language by better understanding their behavior! This course teaches the principles of building trusting working relationships with animals in captive settings. An extremely valuable course for law enforcement students looking to work in k9 careers.

WF 201 Animal Training 3 credits 

Training requires two-way communication between the trainer and the animal that relies on an understanding of animal behavior and knowledge of techniques associated with the underlying theory of operant conditioning. Students will learn practices and techniques that can be used to train domestic, exotic, or wild animals for medical procedures, animal husbandry, animal handling needs, or to prepare them for successful reintroduction to wild habitats.

Contact Hybrid Learning Coach, Den Suehiro, to sign up today!

7. Watercolor Painting

Harness your visual skills while having a little fun! This course will teach you to use your imagination to capture spatial relationships.

HL 199 Watercolor Painting 3 credits 

This course develops the process of watercolor painting from observation and imagination, stressing both technical skills and individual expression by exploring composition, form, color usage and materials.

Contact Hybrid Learning Coach, Den Suehiro, to sign up today!

8. Archaeology of Indigenous North America

Sometimes to understand the future, we need to look to the past. Learn to understand the interaction between people and landscapes by exploring historic sites. This course offers hands-on archaeology opportunities!

AN 290 Archaeology of Indigenous North America 3 credits 

In this course, students will trace Native American histories in North America through archaeological findings, oral histories, historical documents, and ethnohistories. We will look at distinct socio-cultural histories throughout time and in different regions, with one course module specifically exploring the archaeology and history of Indigenous communities in Maine. One thematic connection throughout the term will pertain to cultural landscapes and anthropogenic landscape transformations and management. This course will be an intensive exploration into the histories of Indigenous peoples and their landscapes throughout North America, from the earliest archaeological evidence and Indigenous origin stories to present day Native communities.

Contact Hybrid Learning Coach, Den Suehiro, to sign up today!

9. Wildlife Trafficking

From poaching to the illegal pet trade, understanding how criminal networks threaten wildlife conservation is key to stopping the problem. Come build the skills needed to help solve this complex problem.

IS 303 Wildlife Trafficking 3 credits

While international wildlife trafficking is often viewed as a serious transnational threat to the security, stability, and economy of entire nations such as Tanzania, Vietnam, or Brazil, it is a problem everywhere around the globe—and in our own backyard. In exploring this issue, we will seek to understand the key questions associated with wildlife trafficking: its scope, causes, consequences, and existing and potential solutions. Our guiding premise is that understanding illegal wildlife trafficking requires engagement with multiple disciplines, from science, to sustainable development, to writing and law. As we dig into this complex problem, students will build skills across a range of disciplines and work with law enforcement and resource management professionals on some of the pressing environmental issues of our time.

Contact Hybrid Learning Coach, Den Suehiro, to sign up today!

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Unity, Maine 04988