World Ecosystems & Conservation | S19

Ages: 12-18
Day, Time: Tuesdays 12:00-1:00
Location: Cafe


Heidi Watters

Heidi Watters is a UW graduate in both Environmental Horticulture & Urban Forestry and Landscape Architecture; including study in Italy, the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, London and Edinburgh, Scotland. Her multiple design-firm experience includes domestic and international projects. She currently maintains a private practice and serves on her city’s Planning Commission, Board of Architectural Review and as a Forest Steward, in addition to coordinating the Homeschool Stewardship Squad. Heidi is also a homeschooling parent who enjoys sharing her enthusiasm with others and considers the most important curriculum to be her own yard and the great outdoors.

class description

Take a tour of our world’s incredible and diverse ecosystems while learning about the underlying science. Each biome, from deserts to rainforests, is a unique recipe of different ingredients: animals, plants, weather, land-forms, energy, nutrient cycles, etc. We will fly around the globe to survey the stunning and fascinating natural places that adorn it. We will also examine the role of human beings (that’s us!) who live inside of and depend upon these ecosystems. Conservation challenges and opportunities will be included. Inside of these rich, expansive topics, we will soar up high to view big-picture concepts (why does everyone care so much about rainforests?) and also swoop down to view up-close and interesting examples (how can a crocodile go a year without eating?). Learn about the natural world and our own place in it through a mix of visual presentations, hand-outs with maps, readings and diagrams, nonfiction written and video suggestions, classroom discussion and activities.

Required Skills for Students to Be Successful in This Class:

Compliance with Family Rights & Responsibilities. Ability to listen quietly and respectfully while others are speaking.


Weekly homework completion is encouraged but not required, it may include: writing assignments of varying lengths, reflection assignments, reading of take-home material to discuss in class and viewing recommended video links. Heidi is happy to provide feedback on student homework and class engagement to parents and/or students in order to understand/further their educational goals, simply contact her to request it.

field trips:

Hands-on environmental stewardship work will be encouraged but not required. Various free stewardship opportunities–from at-home yard projects to local volunteering–will be presented and students’ experiences may be discussed in class.

additional fees/supplies:


parent involvement:

This class is intended for students only.

Age Variances:

Please see our Age Variance Policy.