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Posted Monday, March 2nd, 2020

Public Invited to Discussions, Guided Tour

County College of Morris invites the public to “Project Yellowstone” events this spring. The interdisciplinary project highlights natural environments, conservation and protected lands. Guests are asked to register via email [email protected]. CCM is located at 214 Center Grove Road in Randolph.

March 3: On the CCM campus, Dr. Shane Doyle, a member of the Crow tribe, will Skype in from Montana to talk about a significant discovery in the rural areas outside Yellowstone National Park. Guests are invited to attend on Tuesday, March 3, at 12:30 p.m. in Sheffield Hall (SH), Room 100.

Bison grazing on a prairie with a stream running through it.

Bison graze at Yellowstone National Park. Photo/John Soltes

March 9: Deadline for CCM students to apply for the Yellowstone National Park educational and exploratory trip with their professors. The trip is funded for six students. Applications are due March 9. To learn about student eligibility, trip dates and to apply, visit http://bit.ly/YellowstoneApp.

April 9: An academic panel will examine Native American history through interdisciplinary lenses on Thursday, April 9, SH, Room 100 at 12:30 p.m.

April 23: A Book Discussion onInto the Wild” by Jon Krakauer will be held on Thursday, April 23, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Mount Olive Public Library, located at 202 Flanders-Drakestown Road in Flanders. A simple question will be discussed: What would motivate a young man to leave his comfortable life in American society and try to survive by himself in the wild? Participants are asked to read the book before the discussion.

May 2: During the height of spring, CCM Professor Samantha Gigliotti will lead a guided tour at the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge to identify species and to share local stories of conservation. Beginning at the Wildlife Observation Center Access Road in Gillette, the two-hour Great Swamp tour will be held twice on Saturday, May 2, beginning at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Participants should meet the CCM group at the Great Swamp wildlife observation trails.  A $2 donation is suggested.

Outdoor group photo of attendees

Students recently visited the New York Wolf preserve to learn about wolf habitat and conservation efforts. Photo/Samantha Gigliotti

For the past two years Professor Samantha Gigliotti, biology and chemistry, Dr. Michelle Iden, history and political science, Dr. Maria Isaza, biology and chemistry, and Professor John Soltes, communication, have traveled to Yellowstone National Park to create greater awareness about conservation and protected lands and to share their experiences with CCM students and the public.