The Old Fort

Academic Programs

Excerpt from the Old Fort Task Force-Academic Subcommittee report (April, 2011):

The highly interdisciplinary nature of a Liberal Arts education obtained through study at Fort Lewis College is well adapted to the challenge of meeting the complex problems of an area situated at the confluence of multiple political and natural boundaries. The list of programs which the academic sub-committee has been compiling for the Old Fort not only uphold our honorable mission to prepare citizens for the common good in an increasingly complex world while satisfying the requirement to maintain the land as an institution of learning but will also foster the building of community partnerships. These relationships carry with them intangible values such as the building of character, the application of knowledge through experiential learning, and critical thinking or problem-solving skills which go practically unmatched in any other learning environment, making this opportunity priceless.

 

The original Old Fort Task Force’s vision for the property was to develop an interdisciplinary field station for education, research and community partnerships in sustainable agriculture, cultural, natural and physical resources. This vision is predicated upon consideration of a unique set of resources including a 6,279 acre intact land mass, ecosystems representing a large portion of the Four Corners region, wildlife, native plant and riparian corridors. These natural resources can be used for community based learning opportunities that emphasize responsible stewardship. Equally as important are the historical and cultural resources, including extensive prehistoric and historic archeological resources throughout the property, and long-standing interests in the site among both Native and non-Native peoples. These attributes give Fort Lewis College the opportunity to market educational opportunities that incorporate problem solving with sustainable opportunities.

 

Summary of Current and Proposed Academic Use:

 

Academic Year 2011-12

Department

Description

Usage

Impact

Agriculture

Intro to Animal Science

4 labs/semester

50 students/semester

 

Animal Nutrition

4 labs/semester

15 students

 

Soils

3 labs/semester

24 students/semester

 

Field Techniques

12 hours/week

6 students

 

Independent Study

2-4 hours/week

2 students

Biology

Field Ecology

1-2 days (8 hours)

15 students

 

Ornithology

3 labs/semester

24 students

 

Zoology

2 labs/semester

24 students

 

Ecology of the Southwest

2 lab/semester

20 students

 

Field Zoology

1-2 days (8 hours)

15 students

 

Wildlife Management

2-3 labs/semester

15 students

 

Lehmer-Faculty Research

6 hours/visit * 2-4 sessions

8 students

Public Health**

Intro to Public Health

1 lab/semester

15 students

 

Epidemiology

1 lab/semester

8 students

Physics

Senior Thesis

3-4 hours/night during summer

5 students

Geology

Senior Seminar

 

1 student

Engineering**

Alternative Energy

2 labs/semester

8 students

Writing Program**

Technical Writing

4 hours

20 students

Exercise Science**

Nutrition for Sports and Fitness

10 hours/student field work

25 students

**New in 2011-12

 

Academic Year 2012-13

Department

Description

Usage

Impact

Biology

Field Ecology

1-2 days (8 hours)

15 students

 

Ornithology

3 labs/semester

24 students

 

Zoology

2 labs/semester

24 students

 

Ecology of the Southwest

2 lab/semester

20 students

 

Field Zoology

1-2 days (8 hours)

15 students

 

Wildlife Management

2-3 labs/semester

15 students

 

Lehmer-Faculty Research

6 hours/visit * 2-4 sessions

8 students

Public Health

Intro to Public Health

1 lab/semester

15 students

 

Epidemiology

1 lab/semester

8 students

Physics

Senior Thesis

3-4 hours/night during summer

5 students

Engineering

Alternative Energy

2 labs/semester

8 students

Writing Program

Technical Writing

4 hours

20 students

Exercise Science

Nutrition for Sports and Fitness

10 hours/student field work

25 students

NAIS**

Tribal Preservation

2-3 Field Trips

15 students

Environmental Studies**

Environmental Colloquium

Food Systems Analysis

Natural Resource Evaluation

35 students

Public Health

Intro to Public Health

3 hour student field work option

20 students

** New in 2012-13