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Course Information:

Semester/Year Summer: 2008 Lifesaving
Course Prefix and Number: NRES 100
Section Number: 88
Course Title (Subtitle): Natural Resources Career Workshop:
Eco-Adventure Experience & Selected Topics in Environmental Education:
Eco-Adventure Experience
Number of Credits: 1

UWSP Registration Form

Mail a check for $206.25 payable to UWSP



On site: Tara Short • tara@wildstudies.com • 715-252-1238

Email complete paper as an attachment to Tara Short collegecredit@wildstudies.com with "Bahamas Paper " in the subject line.


Credit Requirements

  • Students will complete a theme paper due September 15, 2008.
  • Important: Follow the requirements carefully. Points will be deducted for each missing component. It is as easy to get an A as it is to get a C when participating in this course. You will be graded not only on the quality of your research paper, but also on following directions. Remember, this is a college level course and you must submit your best work. It is a good idea to have a teacher proof read your paper before you submit it to Wild Studies. This grade will be on your college transcripts.

Requirements for Theme Paper:

  • Choose 1 topic from below.
  • The paper must be at least 2100 words (1 cover page, 5 pages of text (no pictures please), 1 sources cited page)
  • Use Microsoft Word doc or Adobe pdf files only. We do not support Word Perfect.
  • 1.5 line spacing, Times New Roman font, and 1 inch margins.
  • Check spelling and grammar.
  • Use proper MLA citation within the document and include a sources cited page.
  • Use at least three credible sources. In addition to websites, books, and magazines, you may also interview experts, use television documentaries, and radio broadcasts.


  1. Traveling Trash. Is beach trash in the Bahamas a local or global problem? Where does it come from? Use the data you collected from your beach survey sheet to classify the types and quantity of trash you found on the beach. Compare your personal trash inventory with your data. Are there similarities to the types of trash you find on the beach and the products you use at home? How does beach and marine debris pose a threat to environmental and human health? What can you do about this problem?
  2. The plastic problem. Plastic is everywhere in our oceans. Investigate how plastic is manufactured. What natural resource is used to make plastic? How much plastic does the United States use per year and compare that to other countries around the world? How long does it take plastic to decompose? What are the environmental problems associated plastic use? Are there any alternatives? Can plastic be re-used? What are the implications?
  3. Coral Diseases. What are the different diseases plaguing corals? Highlight 3-4 of the most common diseases, describe what the disease does to the coral, and which corals each disease affects. Can the outbreaks be stopped? Is one region of the globe affect more than another? Are human actions to blame, or is these diseases naturally occurring...or both? What can you do about this environmental problem?
  4. Fish Adaptations. Choose one fish species or fish group and describe its unique physical and behavioral adaptations. What is that animals niche? Is this animal threatened or endangered? Why?
  5. Highlight an Invertebrate. Choose one invertebrate species or phylum and discuss any unique physical or behavioral adaptation that animal has. Describe the animal or phylum's niche.
  6. Water Issues. Describe the water issues facing residents on Eleuthera. What are the causes of these problems. Write a mock letter to the Ministry of the Environment to express your concern. Where does the water in your house come from? Research water usage in your own town. Contact your local Water Works department to see what the local water issues are in your town/region. How does this affect you? How can you educate people? What can the people of Eleuthera do?
  7. Tropical Fish Trade. What are the common types of fish taken from the reef? Where do most of the imported fish come from? What methods do fisherman use to harvest live fish from the reef? What are the harmful impacts of these methods to the targeted fish and the coral ecosystem? Research local or regional dealers of tropical fish. Interview store owners in your hometown. Find out who supplies their animals? Do any come from tropical reefs in developing countries? If you find out that the pet store is getting fish from the tropics, make the owner aware of the environmental harm live fish harvesting can do. Research local tropical fish breeders and provide the store owner with a list and a copy of your research paper. You have the opportunity to make a real impact this way.
  8. Seafood Consumption. How does seafood consumption affect the oceans? Describe 3 commercial fishing methods and 3 non-commercial fishing methods. What are the pros and cons of each? Which is better? Why? Is it more effective at fish harvesting? Does it have less of a negative impact on the marine environment? Name 4 fish and 4 non-fish species that are currently listed as threatened or endangered. Explain what it means to be threatened vs endangered. Is it over-harvesting, harvesting methods, or a slow reproductive rate to blame? Or is it more than one or something other than these examples? Are there organizations that are trying to promote an awareness of this problem? Who are they? What can you do?
  9. Environmental Ethic. Compare and contrast 1950s-1970s US environmental history and land ethics with current day Bahamas? Are there any similarities? How did the first Earth Day change people's perspective of the planet?
  10. Island Natives. Who where the first people to call present day Bahamas home. What happened to these people? Where did they come from? What evidence suggests they were here and what evidence is there on the fate of these people? Do we know what they ate? Where they lived? Did they have any particular customs?
  11. The True Pirates of the Caribbean. Why did the pirates view the Bahamas as a "perfect pirate's den". When were the pirates here? Describe the 3 different types of pirates. What were they after? Who were the most popular Bahamas pirates? What were they known for? Were there restrictions and codes that determined who was allowed to be a pirate? Based on the information you have gathered, describe what it was like to be a pirate.
  12. Tourism in the Bahamas. How could the Bahamas benefit from eco-tourism? Explain the difference types of tourism. Compare mega tourism (e.g. Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas) to eco-tourism (e.g. Governours Harbour, Eleuthera, Bahamas) Is nature tourism eco-tourism? What are the pros and cons.

Submission of Paper

Email your paper as an attachment to:

Tara Short - Assistant Director: collegecredit@wildstudies.com (use "Bahamas Paper" in the subject Line)

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