Natural Resources Measurements (NR300) - Spring 2024

George Hess, with Sydney Case

Image: The 286 Property  we'll work on this spring is 151 acres nestled among I-40, RDU Airport, Umstead Park, and a Wake Stone quarry.  Long used illicitly by mountain bikers, it is now managed for them and hikers by Wake County Parks, Recreation, & Open Space (Photo by Hess, 2023).

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Quick Links

Week 1 ... 01.08 ... Building Esprit de corps ... Stats Review

Above: Small group counting grass.

Goals for the week ...

Assignments

Tu 01.09 ... Welcome to Natural Resources Measurements

W 01.10 ... Team Building & Stats Review

You will be outside part of the time - dress accordingly!

Th 01.11 ... Teambuilding

Assignments

Week 2 ... 01.15 ... Our Work This Semester ... Meet our Partners ... Site Visit

Above: Most of our team at the gnome log on the 286 property.

Goals for the Week ...

Assignments

Tu 01.16 ... Meet our Partners

13:30 Housekeeping & Announcements

13:35 Partners for our work this semester ... those present will introduce themselves ... 

13:45 Description of site, goals, potential work - questions and disucssion throughout

14:25 Any final questions and discussion 

14:35 Instructions for tomorrow

W 01.17 ... Meet our Field Site

You will be outside for around 2 hours - dress accordingly!

12:50 Depart from parking lot by Hodges Lab, behind Biltmore Hall for 286 Property (2139 Old Reedy Creek Rd, Cary - parking lot at dam)We will actually park here - a wide spot in the road across the highway.  From the dam parking lot, drive across the highway on Old Reedy Creek Road.  In about 1/4 mile you'll see a house on the right - lots of anti-quarry signs.  A little past that on the left is a big map sign and a wide spot in the road.  Park in the wide spot, head in.

13:10 Arrive 286 Property

13:30 Field site tour

15:10 (latest) Depart for NC State

Th 01.18 ... Now what?

13:30 Housekeeping & Announcements

13:35 What topics interest you? - Here are Potential Topics of Interest from our discussions and site visit (286 Project Folder) ... shout out or add to document if I've missed any ... then we'll guage interest levels around each and see if we can form some topic groups, at least to explore

Proximate Goal: Next week, we'd like to complete a Project Worksheet and One-Pager for each thing we want to work on (templates in 286 Project Folder)

13:50 We'll form some topic groups to develop ideas ... move furniture around as needed

14:20 Hear from each group

Week 3 ... 01.22 ... Project Development ... Team Development

Goals for the week ...

Assignments

Tu 01.23 ... Project Planning

13:30-13:35 Housekeeping & announcements

13:35 Start developing project worksheet and timelines

14:30 Full class discussion of issues and whatnot

W 01.24 ... Reflection & Evaluation ... Project Planning

12:50-12:55 Housekeeping & announcements


Reflection & Evaluation (35 minutes)

13:00-13:05 Hess to describe

13:05-13:25 Review Reflection & Evaluation document (Course Information) - make comments and any suggestions for change.  Feel free to ask me questions as you do this (reach out on Zoom thru Syd).

13:25-13:35 Class discussion as needed


Project Development

13:40 Continue working on your project worksheets and one-pages.  Hess & Case will wander the room to ask and answer questions.

15:35 Adjourn

Th 01.25 ... Team Development ... Operating Procedures

13:30-13:35 Housekeeping & announcements


Students from Last Year

13:35-13:50


Operating Procedures (or whatever you decide to call them)

13:50-14:05 Past experience with teams

14:05-14:20 Operating procedures for this semester

14:20 Class agreement on Operating Procedures

Assignments

Week 4 ... 01.29 ... Safety ... Recon ... Planning 

Goals for the Week ...

Assignments


Tu 01.30 ... Safety & Public Interactions

13:30-13:35 Housekeeping & announcements

13:35 Wrap up Operating Principles - Class discussion


13:55 Safety & Public Interactions - Added to Quick Links, in Course Information (Hess)

14:10 Structure for tomorrow (Case)

14:15 Work time


W 01.31 ... Reconnaisance

You will be outside for around 2 hours - dress accordingly!

12:50 Depart from parking lot by Hodges Lab, behind Biltmore Hall for 286 Property (2139 Old Reedy Creek Rd, Cary - parking lot at dam)We will actually park here - a wide spot in the road across the highway.  From the dam parking lot, drive across the highway on Old Reedy Creek Road.  In about 1/4 mile you'll see a house on the right - lots of anti-quarry signs.  A little past that on the left is a big map sign and a wide spot in the road.  Park in the wide spot, head in.

13:10 Arrive 286 Property

15:10 (latest) Depart for NC State


Th 02.01 ... More GIS & Planning

13:30-13:35 Housekeeping & announcements

13:35 DeBrief from yesterday / Data issues (Case) / Hess will relate any feedback from the County /

13:50 Work session - Hess & Case will visit with teams


Assignments

Week 5 ... 02.05 ... Project Work

Above: Random cyclist on the 286 tract, plus a couple team members.

Goals for the Week ...

Assignments


Tu 02.06 ... Planning & Project Work

13:30-13:35 Housekeeping & announcements

13:35 Project work

14:30 Team spokesperson meeting with Hess


W 02.07 ... Field Work

I was wrong - you're ready and we're going to the field!

12:50  Vans depart from parking lot by Hodges Lab, behind Biltmore Hall for 286 Property.  Driving yourself?  Be on site by 1:15 latest.

15:35 Back at Hodges Lab


Th 02.08 ... Planning & Project Work

13:30-13:35 Housekeeping & announcements

13:35 Team work - Hess & Case will circulate

14:30 Team spokespersons meeting with Hess

Assignments

Week 6 ... 02.12 ... Project Work ... No Class Tu 02.13 (Wellness Day)

Above: Part of Team Water at Haley's Branch. (Photo by M Dunn)

Goals for the Week ...


Tu 02.13 ... Wellness Day - No Class

00:00-23:59, Today & every day ... Take good care of yourselves :-))


W 02.14 ... Field Work

12:50 Depart for 286 from parking lot by Hodges Lab, behind Biltmore Hall. Please be sure to being whatever equipment you'll need, including any safety vests you have.

13:10 Arrive 286.  Briefing about finding your way back to the vans if you get disoriented.

15:10 (latest) Depart for NC State


Th 02.15 ... Project Work


13:30-13:35 Housekeeping & announcements

13:40 Project Work

14:25 Oral status report to class from team leads

Assignments

Week 7 ... 02.19 ... Project Work

Goals for the Week ...


Tu 02.20 ... Planning

13:30-13:35 Housekeeping & announcements

13:35 - Develop big timelines together

14:05 Project work


W 02.21 ... Field Work

12:50 Depart for 286 from parking lot by Hodges Lab, behind Biltmore Hall

13:10 Arrive 286

15:10 (latest) Depart for NC State


Th 02.22 ... Planning


13:30-13:35 Housekeeping & announcements

13:35 Potential changes to operating principles

13:50 Project work

14:30 Team spokespersons meeting with Hess

Assignments

Week 8 ... 02.26 ... Project Work ... Team Lesson (Th - Human Use)

Goals for the Week ...


Tu 02.27 ... Planning

13:30-13:35 Housekeeping & announcements


13:35 Project work


W 02.28 ... Field Work

12:50 Depart for 286 from parking lot by Hodges Lab, behind Biltmore Hall

13:10 Arrive 286

15:10 (latest) Depart for NC State


Th 02.29 ... Human Use Team Lesson ... Planning


13:30-13:35 Housekeeping & announcements

13:45 Human Use Team Lesson

14:05 Project work

Assignments

Week 9 ... 03.04 ... Project Work ... Team Lesson (Tu - Wildlife)

Goals for the Week ...


Tu 03.05 ... Planning

13:30-13:35 Housekeeping & announcements

13:35 Team Wildlife lesson (in the classroom)

14:05 Final report and presentation guidelines [ Hess ]

14:20 Work time - prep for tomorrow


W 03.06 ... Field Work

12:50 Depart for 286 from parking lot by Hodges Lab, behind Biltmore Hall

13:10 Arrive 286

15:10 (latest) Depart for NC State


Th 03.07 ... Planning ... Spring Break Ahead! [ Not ready yet ]


13:30-13:35 Housekeeping & announcements


13:35 Project work

14:25 Quick (<5min) progress review from each team - in lieu of team leader meeting

14:45 Adjourn for Spring Break

Assignments

Week 10 ... 03.11 ... Spring Break

Have a good one!  And, hey, be careful out there!! 

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Main weekly headings are approximately correct, but expanded details have not been filled in (what's there is left over from last year).

Week 11 ... 03.18 ... Team Lessons (Tu - Trails; Th - Soils) ... Project Work ... Wrap up Fieldwork ... Storyboarding

Goals for the Week ...


Tu 03.19 ... Planning

13:30-13:35 Housekeeping & announcements

13:35 Team animal terrestrial lesson

14:05 Final report and presentation guidelines & schedule

14:15 Work time - prep for tomorrow


W 03.20 ... Field Work ... Final Day

12:50 Depart for Lake Wheeler Park from parking lot by Hodges Lab, behind Biltmore Hall

13:10 Arrive Lake Wheeler Park

Steam team will be doing electrofishing

15:10 (latest) Depart for NC State


Th 03.21 ... Project Work ... Organization ... Storyboarding


13:30 13:35 Housekeeping & announcements

13:35 Need these positions filled today, please

13:45 GIS Leads & Data Wranglers work with Syd; Team time

Assignments

Week 12 ... 03.25 ... First Draft, Presentation & Report ... Team Lessons (Tu - Streams; Th - Plants) ... Celebration (Th)

Goals for the Week ...


Tu 03.26 ... Team People Lesson ... Project Work

13:30-13:35 Housekeeping & announcements

13:35 Stream Team lesson - meet at Rocky Branch

14:00 Project Work


W 03.27 ... Project Work

12:50 Housekeeping & announcements

12:55 Project Work

14:00 Pivot Tables in Google Sheets (Excel is similar) [ Hess ]

14:30 (latest) Project Work


Th 03.28 ... Team SemiAquatic Lesson ... Project Work ... Ice Cream Celebration


13:30 13:35 Housekeeping & announcements

13:35 Team SemiAquatic lesson

14:00 Ice cream celebration and Project Work

Assignments

Week 13 ... 04.01 ... Project Work ... First Draft Presentation (some teams) ... First Draft Report (all teams) ... Presentation Practice (some teams)

Goals for the Week ...


Tu 04.02 ... Project Work

13:30-13:35 Housekeeping & announcements

13:35 Project Work


W 04.03 ... Project Work ... Presentation Feedback

12:50 Housekeeping & announcements

12:55 Project Work

14:00 Team People practice presentation - critique and comments

14:25 Team Water practice presentation - critique and comments


Th 04.04 ... Project Work ... Presentation Feedback


13:30 13:35 Housekeeping & announcements

13:45 Team Animal practice presentation - critique and comments

14:10 Team Plants practice presentation - critique and comments

If time ... Intro / Teaser Slides

Assignments

Week 14 ... 04.08 ... Project Work ... Teaser Slides ... Second Draft Report ... First Draft Presentation (some teams) ... Presentation Practice (some teams)

Goals for the Week ...


Tu 04.09 ... Project Work

13:30-13:35 Housekeeping & announcements

13:35 Project Work


W 04.10 ... Project Work ... Teaser Slide Practice

12:50 Housekeeping & announcements

12:55 Project Work

14:00 Introduction & Teaser Slide Practice


Th 04.11 ... Project Work


13:30 13:35 Housekeeping & announcements


13:35 Project Work

Assignments

Week 15 ... 04.15 ... Project Work ... Presentation Practice (Round 2) ... Final Reports (F), Gather Data

Goals for the Week ...


Tu 04.16 ... Project Work

13:30-13:35 Housekeeping & announcements

13:35 Report writing notes

13:50 Project Work


W 04.17 ... Project Work ... Open House Practice

12:50 Housekeeping & announcements

12:55 Project Work

13:30 Practice Presentations - each team goes, gets feedback, next


Th 04.18 ... Project Work Wrap-up


13:30 13:35 Housekeeping & announcements


13:35 Project Work

14:30 Some final words to prepare for next Thursday

Assignments

Week 16 ... 04.22 ... Last class Tu 04.23 ... Open House Th 04.25 12:00-14:30 ... The End

Tu 04.23 ... Last class ... finalize for Thursday

W 04.24 ... Reading day ... NO CLASS

Th 04.25 noon-2:30P ... Open House

Assignments