Caring for Our Piece of the Earth Discussion Course

Would you like to be a good steward of your home landscape? Would you like to provide habitat for wildlife and create a healthy, joyful yard for people, too? "Caring for Our Piece of the Earth" is a six-session discussion course that will help you learn about these issues and to learn how to create an earth-friendly yard.

Participating in the course also provides a welcome opportunity to have thoughtful conversations with fellow community members about something that matters: supporting life on earth, beginning right in your own yard, neighborhood, and community.

I (Janet Allen) am offering this course at no charge, but I would greatly appreciate if in exchange for the free materials, you contact me to let me know you're using it. I'd also appreciate feedback on your experience (or any errors or typos you encounter). Feedback forms are below, or you're welcome to email me with your comments.

This course is modeled on the courses available at the Northwest Earth Institute and I encourage you and your group to explore their offerings when you complete this course.

Organizing a course

You're welcome to study the course materials on your own, but it's more useful — and more fun! — to study the course in a group. A group of eight to twelve people is ideal, but smaller or even larger groups can work, too.

This is a self-facilitated course, which means there is no official teacher aside from the materials themselves. Advice about organizing a course is in the Introduction session at the beginning of Session 1 (below). It describes the roles of Course Coordinator, Session Facilitor, Session Opener, and Notetaker.

Here is a one-page Course Description poster you might find useful in recruiting participants.

The course files

The files for the course are below. I'm offering three versions of each session to accommodate people's varying computer resources. The content, however, in each version is the same.

An iBooks version is offered as a free download in the iTunes store. You can search on "Caring for Our Piece" or on "Janet Allen." Books in this format offer the additional capabilities of electronic books. For example, there is a table of contents, you can take notes, highlight text etc.

Below are PDF files. I recommend the first version of the two offered below if you're able to use larger files since the images are much sharper and more enjoyable. (Even so, these are not huge files for typical devices.) File sizes are approximate.

These PDF files can be viewed just as you view other PDF files. As with other PDF files, you can also open them in iBooks (and probably in some other e-readers), though you can only view it, not highlight, take notes, or use other features in actual iBooks.

I'd greatly appreciate your feedback. I'm providing fill-in forms for each session below. THANKS!

PDF files for each session

Updated Jan. 23, 2017

Smaller PDF files:
Same content, but lower quality images

Articles referred to in the sessions

Feedback fill-in forms