Have you ever been outside in nature and observed birds and fish, or flowers and trees, and seen the way living things interact with their environment? And have you ever noticed that everything in our world is interconnected and wondered Where do I fit into all this? How do I impact my environment? This new course will focus on the scientific principles that are involved with the various systems that interact in both natural and man-made environments. Ecology is the study of the interactions of living organisms and their environment. This course will begin by providing a background in the fundamental principles of ecological science, including concepts of natural selection, population and community ecology, biodiversity, and sustainability. By studying ecosystems both in the classroom and outside in natural settings, students will begin to understand how the natural world works, and to comprehend how scientific methods are used to develop ecological knowledge of our planet. Once a solid foundation is established the course will then delve into the topics of today’s major ecological challenges our planet is facing, and explore the research being done to address these concerns. Throughout this course, students will examine ecology through different scopes and perspectives, from small and individual organisms to the entire biosphere of earth and its systems and how they interact to create this amazing and life-sustaining place we call home. Come join on this journey that will help to make you a more knowledgeable and prepared citizen of planet Earth. This is a full-year class.