Monday was a long first day dedicated to an overview of ecosystems of the upper Green River basin. Students explored systems from upland forests and riparian bottomlands near Nolin River Lake Dam to unique Kentucky barrens (“prairie-like” remnants), a headwater stream with wonderful animal finds to an overview of a manipulated river system at Green River Lake Dam. We finished the day with dinner al fresco stream side at the Green River. We have a great group of students — interested, observant, inquisitive, and well-informed — who also happen to get along well together! It’s going to be a great summer class.