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Natural history. Teaching. Writing. All have form, all have function. But just as no architecture is risk-free, no architecture is neutral. In this personal essay, I explore the surprising connections that develop when university students engage with natural history as way of knowing the ground underfoot.

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Natural history field journal frontispiece, 2016. Megan Abbott.

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Perlagonium (geranium) spp., petiole and stem, stained with tol blue, lab journal excerpt, 2016. Lyn Baldwin.

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The culture living in landscape, field journal excerpt, 2016. Madison Ellis.

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Tranquille Road, field journal excerpt, 2016. Megan Abbott.

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Lac Du Bois, field journal excerpt, 2016. Lyn Baldwin.

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Swimming with knowledge, field journal excerpt, 2016. Chelsea Reith.

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Cedar, salmon, and Polytrichum at the Adams River, field journal excerpt, 2014. Lyn Baldwin.