Learn How the U.S. Has Approached Establishing Protected Lands

High-impact interdisciplinary opportunities are offered through the Community and Civil Engagement (CCE) initiative at County College of Morris to broaden students’ knowledge of the world and teach them how to make a positive impact on society.

This spring, the public is invited to participate in CCE’s newest initiative called Project Yellowstone. The focus is on conservation and protected lands, with examples cited from Yellowstone National Park and other natural environments.

  • Tuesday, March 5, 12:30 p.m. in Davidson Room A (Student Community Center): Talk via Skype with Mike Coonan, Yellowstone National Park ranger. Learn about the history of the National Park Service and Yellowstone.
  • Thursday, April 18, at 12:30 p.m. in Sheffield Hall, Room 100: Dr. Shane Doyle of the Crow tribe will travel from Montana to discuss the story of Clovis Boy, who was buried some 12,600 years ago in what is today southern Montana. This sacred land is important to the Crow tribe and led to an international research project. To learn more about the Crow, join Doyle also on Wednesday, April 17, at 2 p.m. in the Media Center (Sherman Masten Learning Resource Center) for an intimate interview on his heritage.
  • Thursday, May 2, at 6 p.m. in Davidson Room A (Student Community Center): View Saving the Great Swamp, a documentary on the preserved public land in our backyard. Members of the film’s creative team will be in attendance for an audience Q&A.

Last fall, five County College of Morris professors traveled to Yellowstone National Park with the nonprofit organization Yellowstone Forever to learn about Native American history, indigenous wildlife such as antelopes and bison, and the various geysers that erupt regularly. Lessons from the trip are being incorporated into Project Yellowstone to create greater awareness about conservation and protected lands.

All events are free and open to the public. Registration is requested by email to yellowstone@ccm.edu.

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