Into the Woods, also known as English 266: Science and Literature, is a service-learning course partnered with the North Carolina Botanical Garden. In addition to studying the writings of important American naturalists, students conducted field studies in Battle Park, the nearly 100 acre natural area at the eastern edge of campus. Working in teams of 5 or 6, the 26 students identified, mapped, and measured tree species in five distinct habitats:
Plot 1: high elevation woods
Plot 2: a lowland site near a stream
Plot 3: a site that had been logged in the past
Plot 4: an area of old, undisturbed forest
Plot 5: an area at the urban/forest interface near Forest Theater
All plots were roughly 25 square meters. The purpose was to investigate tree species biodiversity in Battle Park and to learn how habitat and history affect tree species.