Discussion course

Discussion course coverWould you like to be a good steward of your home landscape? Would you like to provide habitat for wildlife and create a healthy, joyful yard for people, too?

Caring for Our Piece of the Earth is a FREE six-session discussion course that will help you learn about these issues and to learn how to create an earth-friendly yard.

Participating in the course also provides a welcome opportunity to have thoughtful conversations with fellow community members about something that matters: supporting life on earth, beginning right in your own yard, neighborhood, and community.

I (Janet Allen) would appreciate your feedback. Please contact me to let me know you’re using it, comments on your experience, or with any errors or typos you encounter. Thanks!

Organizing a course

Poster to advertise the course

You’re welcome to study the course materials on your own, but it’s more useful — and more fun! — to study the course in a group. A group of eight to twelve people is ideal, but smaller or even larger groups can work, too.

This is a self-facilitated course, which means there is no official teacher aside from the materials themselves. Anyone can organize a course! It’s not difficult or time-consuming. Advice about organizing a course is in the Introduction (below). It describes the roles of Course Coordinator, Session Facilitator, and the optional roles of Opener and Notetaker.

Here is a one-page Course Description poster you might find useful in recruiting participants.

The course files

The files for the course are below. I’m offering three versions of each session to accommodate people’s varying computer resources. The content, however, in each version is the same.

An iBooks version is offered as a free download in the iTunes store. You can search on “Caring for Our Piece” or on “Janet Allen.” Books in this format offer the additional capabilities of electronic books. For example, there is a table of contents, you can take notes, highlight text etc.

Below are PDF files. I recommend the first version of the two offered below if you’re able to use larger files since the images are much sharper and more enjoyable. (Even so, these are not huge files for most people’s internet services.) File sizes are approximate.

These PDF files can be viewed just as you view other PDF files. As with other PDF files, you can also open them in iBooks (and probably in some other e-readers) if that’s convenient.

PDF files for each session

Smaller PDF files:
Same content, but lower quality images

This course is modeled on the courses available at the Northwest Earth Institute. I encourage you and your group to explore their offerings when you complete this course.