Our program is Different.
learn and work in the largest environmental action project undertaken in all of human
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
we do offer a unique opportunity for students to study and serve at the very heart of the
largest environmental experiment ever attempted in
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...
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
When people visit pristine areas, they are often
captivated, enthralled, and motivated to support
Having enjoyed and been inspired by wild areas
"invests" people in wanting to support maintaining
their natural beauty.
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
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.
|A WORD TO
the return of
habitats to a
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:
And put them in a
And they charged all
A dollar and a half to
Don't it always
seem to go
That you don't know
what you've got
Till it's gone
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."
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