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    Ethnobotany
Students encouraged to aSSreciate nature, native Slants
New elective course
combines art, botany
and ethnobotany
By Katherine Lacaze
Seaside Signal
A new elective class at
Seaside High School, offered
dXring the ¿rst terP, intro-
dXced stXdents to a coPEina-
tion of studies, including art,
Eotan\ and ethnoEotan\
Teachers Julie Greene and
'orota HaEer-/ehigh offered
the art of ethnoEotan\ class
as an elective to 33 students,
froP freshPen to seniors
Throughout the course, the
teachers shared the iPSor-
tance of Paintaining a diver-
sit\ of native Slants and their
iPSortance to huPans and
the ecos\steP in the 3aci¿c
1orthwest
³,t was Pore along the
lines of environPental educa-
tion, aSSreciation for nature
and for what surrounds us,”
HaEer-/ehigh said ³,¶P hoS-
ing the students will see soPe
of it and have different atti-
tudes toward nature and also
toward Eeing resourceful,
Eeing caring and Eeing Pore
sustainaEle”
Greene has Pore than
\ears of e[Serience in Eotan\
and Eiolog\ and HaEer-/e-
high, an artist, has taught
PultiSle Eotanical drawing
classes and worNshoSs in the
coPPunit\ The two instruc-
tors were looking for a new
teaching oSSortunit\ and the
chance to offer soPething
different for students The\
decided to collaEorate on the
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Students from the new elective art of ethnobotany class at Seaside High School participated
in a couple service projects, in addition to taking several field trips.
art of ethnoEotan\ class
³,t¶s soPething fun that
coPEines our interests,” said
Greene, a sSecial education
teacher
Students could choose to
earn either art or science cred-
it for coPSleting the course
Throughout the class, stu-
dents were taught the Easics
of Eotan\, how to identif\
Eoth native and non-native
Slants, discern if the\ were
ediEle or Soisonous and col-
lect written oEservations
The\ learned how the Slants
historicall\ were used E\ hu-
Pans of Pan\ cultures for
various things food, Ped-
icine, clothing, shelter, arts
and crafts, construction Pa-
terial and Pore The SriPar\
focus, Greene said, was on
how indigenous SeoSle used
the Slants Additionall\, stu-
dents learned how various
Slants are used ² or soPe-
tiPes not used ² toda\
³,t¶s not Must learning Eot-
an\,” HaEer-/ehigh said
³(thnoEotan\ is the rela-
tionshiS Eetween Slants and
SeoSle And we threw in the
art coPSonent, Eecause it¶s
fun to learn aEout Slants and
nature through drawing and
sketching”
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