#ISSS2018 Field Trips: "To the Forest, to the Coast : Paving a way to Systems Literacy"

Paving a way to 'systems literacy' through co-exploring our relations as individuals and groups to each other, to the land, water, air and energy, and technology.

"Systems Literacy” is a key theme developing for the #ISSS2019 Meeting. We invite everyone to join us to continue the conference design conversation as we provide some context through experiential field trips Friday, 27 July, and Saturday, 28 July 2018, immediately following the end of the Conference.

Friday, 27 July, 2pm-5pm : Oregon State University Research Forest

We will visit the Oregon State University Forestry Research Program at the McDonald State Forest  a few miles north of the Corvallis campus http://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/osu-research-forests-maps

Forest managers and local educators will share their knowledge about the evolution of the forest system from pre-colonization times through to the present.  Educators representing the Oregon Forest Literacy initiative will join us https://ofri.org/pub/oregon-forest-literacy-plan  and guide us as to how their work can inform “Systems Literacy”.


Saturday, 28 July, 9am to 12pm:  Hatfield Marine Science Center and Oregon Coast Aquarium

Continuing from Friday afternoon’s co-exploration we will  journey to Newport on the Oregon coast to learn more about water, coast and ocean systems and their relation to us as individuals and groups at the Oregon Coast Aquarium  aquarium.org/ ( entry fee $23) and the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center. http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/  where Ocean Literacy programs have been a key part of their education programs for the past 10 years.  


Depending on the number of participants for each day travel will either be self-organized or organized buses.  If numbers are low we will self-organize travel to the forest and to the coast using cars owned or rented by conference attendees.  If numbers are high we will organize buses for which the cost will be shared by the participants.  We will finalize and announce the transport plan one week after the conference registration closing date.