Natural & Cultural Stewardship

Sewanee's Natural Environment

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 10:16:00 CST  — by: Staff


‌Sewanee's 13,000-acre campus provides a powerful natural laboratory for students and faculty to understand sustainability and the environment. The Sewanee community refers to the swath of land as The Domain, an appellation befitting an asset that is intrinsic to the university. The topography is rugged and diverse, invitingly so. There are caves, coves and cliffs, waterfalls and wetlands, meadows, ponds, forests, streams and lakes–an environment that begs to be explored.

The Sewanee experience is linked to the Domain and the natural world. With its rich biodiversity, the Domain offers unparalleled opportunities to engage in the natural world. Students can walk through rare southern old-growth forests, understand the geology of the Cumberland Plateau, and explore caves and streams. Rock-climbing, hiking, caving, cross-country running, and mountain biking are popular among students and faculty, and these activities provide connections with the environment that endure well beyond a student's experience at Sewanee. The Domain is classroom and playground, laboratory and outdoor fitness facility. Among the most biologically diverse habitats and ecosystems of the world's temperate deciduous forests, it teems with bacteria, fungi and more than 1,000 species of vascular plants. It accommodates scientific experimentation, anthropological inquiry, philosophical musings, artistic endeavors and discussions of religion. It is home to bobcats, mountain lions, black bears and rare amphibians. Beyond its obvious attributes and utilities, The Domain is a living symbol of the university's revered ideals. Vast and timeless, it diminishes artificial boundaries and blurs contrived distinctions: between college and town, science and humanities, teacher and learner.

 

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