Welcome to Ecological Reflections, a network of programs dedicated to long-term, collaborative science and art inquiry into particular sites of great ecological or cultural importance.
These sites range across the country, from the hardwood forests of New England to the old growth forests of the Oregon Cascades; from the river-of-grass Everglades to the temperate lakes of Northern Wisconsin. Mirroring the diversity of sites is the diversity of programs that reflect upon the scientific, artistic, and cultural facets and legacies of these places.
You will find those reflections here.
Please take some time to explore the various sites and their various programs. In doing so, you will find examples of the work that arises out of linked artistic and scientific ways of seeing and knowing.
“It’s a hopeful thing when scientists look to the land for knowledge, when they try to translate into mathematics the stories that water can tell. But it is not only science that we need if we are to understand. Lewis Thomas identified a fourth and highest form of language. That language is poetry. The data may change our minds, but we need poetry to change our hearts.”
—Robin Wall Kimmerer, from “Interview with a Watershed,” a product of the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest