ALONG THE SACO RIVER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The best way to learn about nature is by experiencing it. That's what students at the University of New England say. A course called "The Nature Writers" is attracting environmental studies majors in droves.
Each week, students in Owen Grumbling's Nature Writers class read American and British texts before heading outside to experience an environment similar to the one they've been studying. They'll then write in their journals or in a more formal format.
The course encourages students to think about the natural world and then join the long history of writers who have used their words and experiences to inspire others. Other field labs for that course include a hike up Mt. Agamenticus, an exploration of blueberry barrens and even a day of apple picking.