Practices and Principles: Ethics of the Natural World
Practices and Principles: Ethics of the Natural World (P&P) is a unique and unifying course–one of two courses taken by all students in the HMI Semester. The P&P curriculum is taught both on wilderness expeditions and in a classroom setting on campus. There are two principal goals of P&P. First, to equip students with the skills necessary to camp and travel safely in the wilderness for extended periods of time. And second, to challenge students to think critically about the way in which they interact with, use, and conceive the natural world. On backpacking expedition, students practice technical skills such as map reading and backcountry cooking as well as soft skills like leadership, risk management, and communication. Students’ proficiency and growth on their wilderness expeditions are factored into their final P&P grade.