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Weather Station Night Hike (Upper Hixon Forest)
Friday, September 19, 7:30 pm-10 pm
Steven Simpson, Department of Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation
Sara Moore, Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation

Except for a bit of poetry on the night, this hike will be a traditional night hike, stressing safeties factors and the range of solitude options that can be part of any night hike. In addition, the peace of the nighttime experience will be used to set the stage for a weekend where participants will consider the overall value of bringing together people from the humanities and the outdoor professions.

Trail Restoration Workshop (Lower Hixon Forest)
Saturday, September 20, 9 am-12 noon
Willie Bittner, Master Trail Builder at Wisconsin Conservation Corps and
Sam Cocks and Tatianna Vereschagin, Department of Philosophy at UW-La Crosse

This session will present a trail restoration activity that includes both hands-on and philosophical components. The exercise will begin with an explanation concerning what the restoration activity involves, as well as its overall ecological and recreational significance. Following this will be a summary of a number of prevalent themes discussed within the philosophy of environmental restoration, so that participants can reflect upon these ideas during the restorative activity. After the restoration work is complete, there will be a group discussion based on the initial summary of themes and their relationship of this experience to frac sand mining.

Access, Appreciation, and Understanding: Sensing Nature through Art and Literature (Trempealeau NWR)
Saturday, September 20, 1 pm-4 pm
Janet Moore, LEAF K-12 Forestry Education Program, UW-Stevens Point
Jordan King, Central Wisconsin Environmental Station, UW-Stevens Point
Kendra Liddicoat and Becca Franzen, UW-Stevens Point Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management/Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education

How can we “Think Like a Mountain” if we don’t climb the mountain? Using a multisensory approach allows greater access to the outdoors without causing more stress on wilderness areas while enhancing the experiences of all people by fostering a deeper level of engagement with nature. This session will use art and literature as pathways to connecting people with disabilities to the environment, and explores the meaning of “wilderness”, accessibility, and our human interactions with nature.

River Marsh Transformation (La Crosse River Marsh)
Sunday, September 21, 9 am-11:30 am
Alysa Remsburg, Environmental Studies and
Jan Wellik. Department of English, UW-La Crosse

This workshop explores the La Crosse River marsh to get a close look at dragonflies and their often overlooked larval stage. We will weave the literary metaphor of transformation and life changes throughout the workshop with guided writing prompts. Participants will be invited to write creatively and philosophically as a way to connect the natural world with their own lives. Throughout this 1 ½ mile walking tour, we aim to appreciate and capture the beauty of marsh life. Participants will bring a notebook and pen for writing; sketching supplies, nets, and waders will be provided.