Eco In The Know offers a core curriculum of courses on several environmental topics. Within that core curriculum, customers have a variety of options. Courses can be of a short or long duration, presented in a classroom setting, a corporate boardroom, online, or in the field; communicated as a lecture series or as a combination of lectures, discussion sessions, film documentaries, hands-on-experiential exercises, and even participant role playing. The sky is the limit in terms of presentation mediums and course durations available through Eco InTheKnow. Eco InTheKnow will work with each patron to design a course suitable for his/her organization, audience, and educational objectives.
A Summary of Course Offerings
Unruly River: A History of the Missouri is an examination of the Missouri River from prehistoric times to the present. A sampling of presentation topics includes: the pre-settlement environment of the Missouri River and valley, Native American life-ways along the river, the fur trade era, the steamboat age, European-American agricultural settlement of the valley, early river development schemes, the construction of the Missouri River Navigation Project, the site selection, design, and construction of the great Dakota dams, the environmental repercussions of the development projects, and the current recovery efforts along the Lower Missouri.
Wide, Bold, Rapid and Deep: A History of the Yellowstone is a history of the Yellowstone River from prehistory to the 21st century. Examples of presentation topics include: the Yellowstone’s pre-settlement character, the importance of fur trading along the river in the nineteenth century, the use of the river valley by bison and other large mammals, the reasons the Yellowstone remains the last unregulated river in the Lower 48, and the current threats to the Yellowstone’s ecological health.
Buffalo Roads and River Bottoms: Bison, Native Americans, and the Upper Missouri Bioregion explains how the bison road network that once existed across the Great Plains of North America came into being, the reasons Native American tribes adopted that system of trails to their own purposes, how Native American settlement patterns reflected an understanding of the buffalo road network and the migratory behaviour of the large mammalian herds, and how European-Americans tapped into that same road network during the fur trade era. This course also discusses why bison populations collapsed after European-American occupancy of the river bottoms.
Buffalo Country: Changing Visions of the Great Grassland is a environmental history of the Great Plains region of North America. The region’s potential future is an optional course subject.
Monsoon Wars: Nature and the Struggle for Indochina explains how terrain, climate, vegetation, disease, and wildlife hindered or helped the strategies and tactics of the belligerents in the Vietnam War. Additionally, it details how the Americans and the Communists developed an array of sophisticated technologies to attempt to overcome the military limitations imposed by the Indochinese environment.
War Torn Land: The Role of Geography in the Vietnam Conflict details how the American presence altered the geography of South Vietnam. That realigned geography, particularly the movement of millions of rural South Vietnamese to the cities of Hue, Danang, and Saigon, eventually undermined the American war effort. This is the previously untold story of how geography determined the victors and the vanguished in the Vietnam War.
Present Course Offerings:
- Unruly River: A History of the Missouri
- Wide, Bold, Rapid and Deep: A History of the Yellowstone
- Buffalo Roads and River Bottoms: Bison, Native Americans, and the Upper Missouri Bioregion
- Buffalo Country: Changing Visions of the Great Grassland
- Monsoon Wars: Nature and the Struggle for Indochina
- War Torn Land: The Role of Geography in the Vietnam Conflict
Robert Schneiders – Consultant
Sharron Hunter – Consultant