Poly's land has been central to its evolving identity.
Knowing, appreciating, using and taking care of this land
are common concerns shared by all departments and by students,
faculty, and staff. This particular ten thousand acres
sustains our work and defines our institution.
University Provost sponsored the creation of a Faculty
Seminar for the year 2000-2001 to study, publicize and
celebrate Cal Poly Land. The seminar contributed to the
ongoing development of this website, produced a prize-winning
book of national significance, Cal Poly Land: A Field
Guide, and created an interdisciplinary General Education
course, "Cal Poly Land: Nature,
Technology and Society."
The Cal Poly Land Project parallels and supplements the
Plan Process initiated by the University's Central
Administration. Both are appropriate to a commemoration
of Cal Poly's Centennial Year. [More]
Cal Poly Land Project is one of many national and worldwide
efforts to promote Education
Poly Land Seminar
Seminar was composed of faculty members from all three
colleges and 13 academic departments of the university:
Business, Animal Science, Natural Resource Management,
Social Science, English, Civil Engineering, Biology, Physics,
Soil Science, Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional
Planning, Art and Design, Graphic Communications. [Participants]
Seminar met once a month from September through June 2000-2001.
Meetings included presentations, discussion and guided
talk-walks covering various places and topics listed here.
The June meeting took place as an overnight excursion to Swanton Ranch. [Schedule]
Poly Land: A Field Guide was published in
2003. A collaborative book with contributions from the
participants in the seminar designed by Art and Design
Professor Mary La Porte and her students, it has won a
prestigious design prize and has been hailed as a path-breaking
work by reviewers in national journals.
website serves as a multimedia hypertext presentation
about Cal Poly Land and as a repository of relevant documents
and links. The website includes many
sections contributed by students who have taken the
Cal Poly Land Class
Explore Cal Poly Land by place or theme or collection
using the navigation bar at the left of every page. Each
of the links there leads to further subdivisions.