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ECO 500/600 A and B

STEP 1: Eco 500/600 A (Introduction Course)

Credit: 1 Credit applicable to all program tracks.

All Students begin with a 1 credit course Eco 500/600 A: Explore Nature’s Wisdom. This course is 4 weeks and costs $50.00. For more information please click here. Enroll below.

STEP 2: Eco 500/600 B (Orientation Course)

Credits: 2 Credits applicable to all program tracks.

This beginner’s course lays the foundation for all of the courses in this program. Students learn the basic elements of citizenship which are observed in members of healthy natural communities. The experiential activities of the course help students learn through direct sensory perception how these have broken down. They gain a basic understanding of the ways in which members of modern industrialized cultures relate dysfunctionally with nature. Through experiential activities in nature (that students do on their own) and small group online discussions, students explore their senses, learn about the roles of attraction and consent, and discover how to create moments that let Earth teach and inspire. They practice the basic steps of the Natural Systems Thinking Process.

Interact Groups of 3-5 students share experiences and insights in email posts once per week. The groups are co-facilitated by a more experienced student, with guidance from the instructor as needed throughout the course. As in all of our experiential group classes, students quickly learn that nature is the true expert here.

This course helps most students to decide whether the program is right for them. Midway through the ECO 500/600 (B) course students may apply for admission to the Certificate program or one of the Degree program tracks by completing the Project NatureConnect Student Cooperative Contract.

Required E-Book for Eco 500 B (included): The Web of Life Imperative by Dr. Michael Cohen.


ECO 500/600 Registration

  • Student Information

  • Please indicate the address you wish to use for any documents that need to be sent by mail. Please include any "special" delivery instructions.
  • A valid email address should include one "@" and at least one period "."
  • If a current PNC Student/Friend referred you please indicate their name.
  • Enrollment Preferences

  • Enter preferred starting date for class.
  • Enter preferred starting month for class.
  • Please indicate if you are interested in Eco-Art Courses OR will be obtaining an Eco-Art Therapy Certification.
  • Student Introduction and Bio

  • By way of introduction, please share a few paragraphs with us, less than 400 words, about an attractive or heartfelt experience that you have had with nature as a child or adult. Please express what you think, feel and sense about that good experience and its importance to you, if any.
  • In 400 words or less please share with us: * Why you want to participate in a course or the program * Your background and experiences * Your personal goals * Your professional goals * Other factors we should consider. Save this statement. You may use and/or modify this statement for use in other PNC applications where required.
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