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Department of
Environmental Sciences
________________________________________                          at Saint
James College Seminary

    Our program is Different.

    Saint James College Seminary's Department of Environmental Sciences students may
    learn and work in the largest environmental action project undertaken in all of human

    Truly, we are so different in our approach to planetary preservation that we are not --
    cannot be -- the program for everyone.  If you are a person who treads your own path
    through life instead of the blueprint pursued by others, we may be the school for you.

    Many excellent colleges and universities offer environmental sciences programs, and
    environmental studies, in areas related to natural science, biology, engineering,
    business, governmental administration, Indigenous People's Cultural Survival, Natural
    Resources Law, and Marine Biology.
    But, our Department of Environmental Sciences emphasizes critical thinking, creative
    problem solving, ethical and spiritual values, and an amazement at the glorious majesty
    of Life!  Saint James College Seminary's Department of Environmental Sciences may
    help you enter this unique and thrilling world!

    The world is basically comprised of two types of humans:

    1)  "Head people" who excell in detail-oriented, often linear, thinking.  These folks
    frequently are our scientists, engineers, and our accountants.   

    2) Then, we have "Heart People" who fully experience and revel in the awesome and
    inspiring beauty of the world.  They are our poetic thinkers, people whose views are
    often "out of the box" and who discover unconventional solutions for life's challenges.

    Students enrolling in Saint James College's Department of Environmental
    Studies programs tend to come from Group 2.

    We help to inspire an enhanced
    appreciation for the earth's wonder and its
    resources.  We provide the academic and
    professional guidance needed to assist our
    students in developing their leadership
    skills and workable solutions for preserving
    and restoring our weary planet.
    Our Adult Learner Fast-Track lessons and
    exciting hands-on field study programs are
    flexible and are designed to enable
    students to conveniently pursue their
    studies at their own pace from their homes
    or offices.

    You may choose to work within the framework of private or commercial "green"
    businesses, governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, research...or to
    establish environmentally-conscious projects of your own.
    Saint James College Seminary's Department of Environmental Sciences draws upon the
    knowledge and experience of our administrators, professors, and professionals who,
    together, offer students over a century of background in protecting our planet. Our
    degree and certificate programs are designed with the adult learner in mind.  Generally,
    enrollees are people who are in mid-career and wish to develop additional professional
    skill sets and credentials.

    Saint James College Seminary's Department of Environmental Studies' open enrollment
    programs admit students who have either a background in environmental service, wild
    areas preservation, water resources, restoration of damaged habitats, removal of
    detrimental exotic plants and animals, as well as government planning or regulatory
    service.  Also welcome are students who are newcomers to environmental preservation
    and sustainability.

    The Department of Environmental Sciences also
    welcomes people who are just now coming into
    awareness of the fragility of our planet and who
    want to make a difference.  Some students in this
    category include business people and
    entrepreneurs who wish to develop "green"
    products and services.  

    Others emerge from professions such as land use engineering, environmental law,
    business administration, spiritual/religious studies, community development,
    environmental planning, wildlife biology, and the growing field of "green banking" and


    It's not too late!  43% of the land area of our planet is still in
    relatively pristine condition.  

    While you may benefit from this pioneering program no matter where you live and work,
    we do offer a unique opportunity for students to study and serve at the very heart of the
    largest environmental experiment ever attempted in

    The restoration of the Florida Everglades!

    This initiative is mind-boggling in its very scope and size. Saint James College
    Seminary's Department of Environmental Sciences study focus is physically
    headquartered in the largest sub-tropical wilderness in the United States,
    encompassing some 4-million acres!  

    Agricultural activity and virtually uncontrolled urban/suburban expansion have brought
    this once-unspoiled area to the very brink of ruination.  Habitat destruction, introduction
    of invasive species, water quality degradation ... indeed ... the intentional removal of
    water from the Everglades by powerful government agencies ... has led this one-of-a-
    kind natural resource to the precipice.  Total collapse is likely to occur in the next five to
    ten years unless the proposed multi-billion dollar rescue plan is successfully
    implemented.  And, frankly, it is not off to a promising start...

    Saint James College Seminary' Department of
    Environmental Sciences researchers (and many
    others) observation is that initial attempts at
    Everglades restoration have  produced less-than-
    stellar results.  A dumfounding intermingling of
    fiercely competing federal, state, county
    agencies, Native American, and environmental
    groups are turning this essential project into yet
    another beauracratic nightmare.  Agencies and
    jurisdictions too often war with one another
    instead of collaborating, resulting in a patchwork
    of projects that often work at cross-purposes to
    one another.

    When people visit pristine areas, they are often
    captivated, enthralled, and motivated to support
    environmental projects.  

    Having enjoyed and been inspired by wild areas
    "invests" people in wanting to support maintaining
    their natural beauty.   

    We should be encouraging people to visit and
    thus, hopefully, to develop a keen interest in
    preserving wilderness areas!  

    However, too often the "people in power"
    fence us out, leaving us unable to enjoy
    the fruits of the projects that we have
    supported.   And ... too often...this lets
    the occasional self-serving or
    incompetent bureaucrat work out of
    sight, beyond public scrutiny.  Too
    frequently, this causes incredible
    (and unnecessary) screw ups!

    It is essential that our natural areas be
    accessible to those who will respect
    and enjoy nature!

    You can enter this crucible of action, inaction, and mis-directed action!  Through real-
    time experience at Saint James College Seminary's Department of Environmental
    Sciences, you will learn the daunting task of getting any meaningful environmental
    project to succeed.  And, yet, it must succeed!  
    Saving the Florida Everglades is often compared in importance to saving the Amazon

    Students in our Department of Environmental Sciences may choose to be on the front
    lines of one of the greatest learning experiences ever presented.  And, you can make a
    significant difference!

    Or, the skills that you learn at Saint James College Seminary's Department of
    Environmental Sciences may well assist you in fostering the success of environmental
    projects in your own area.


Where Rigorous science meets the spiritual
and ethical essence of saving our planet!

"Rewilding -
the return of
habitats to a
natural state."

This is a term that you will be
hearing with increasing
frequency during the years to

It's worth pondering its meaning.  Students in Saint
James College's Department of Environmental
Sciences study the pros and cons of
rewilding areas
that we have mowed flat, paved, or otherwise
denuded to the point that little or nothing is left of
their original natures.

As Canadian folksinger
Joni Mitchell commented:

    "They took all the
    And put them in a
    tree museum
    And they charged all
    the people
    A dollar and a half to
    see 'em
    Don't it always
    seem to go
    That you don't know
    what you've got
    Till it's gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

“I wrote 'Big Yellow Taxi' on my first trip to Hawaii. I
took a taxi to the hotel and when I woke up the next
morning, I threw back the curtains and saw these
beautiful green mountains in the distance. Then, I
looked down and there was a parking lot as far as
the eye could see, and it broke my heart... this
blight on paradise. That's when I sat down and
wrote the song."
about BIGFOOT with
special feature about
Everglades Skunk Ape
Skunk Ape

The Saint James College Seminary Department of Environmental
Sciences thanks the Canadian Juno Awards for Joni Mitchell photo,
and writer Alan McDougall for the quote in which Ms. Mitchell explains
her (lack of inspiration) for writing the song,
Big Yellow Taxi" and
Warner Brothers records for exerpt of the song's lyrics.