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“The University of Tennessee is a natural fit for this course [Environmental Issues in National Parks], with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and all the learning opportunities it offers being only a one-hour drive away.”

“Although I did not create this course, I jumped at the opportunity to serve as an instructor for it. Growing up as a Boy Scout, and later a merit badge counselor, I found a love for place-based education. I have always valued using the outdoors to teach about the theoretical concepts shared in the classroom.”

Seth Kannarr, a doctoral student in geography, answers questions for The Conversation’s Uncommon Courses series. Read the full article at The Conversation.

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