In this course we will first read classic literature on the nature of winter. We will then spend most of our time outside at the Abernathy Field Station in an attempt to directly observe how plants and animals (including humans) have adapted to deal with this season of low temperatures and low food availability. We will also discuss the importance of public lands while we visit County and State Parks. Students will communicate their ideas orally, in writing, as well as visually in the form of a photographic portfolio. Students need to be prepared to hike and be outside in cold temperatures. Copious amounts of hot chocolate (with and without marshmallows) will be provided!