RANDOLPH, NJ – County College of Morris (CCM) recently announced that it is offering online public programming through its Legacy Project and Parks Program: Project Yellowstone. Heading into its eighth year, the Legacy Project, led by a team of CCM professors and staff members, presents lectures and programming on a variety of important issues that impact the lives of both the CCM community and the public. It will continue to focus on last year’s theme of “War, Peace, and Healing” as a result of having to halt the spring semester programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The award-winning Parks Program: Project Yellowstone brings together the academic disciplines of history, journalism and biology to enhance student learning and community engagement. Programs offered focus on environmental history and conservation via the lens of the National Park system and has served over 500 students each year.

The CCM Legacy Project and Parks Program: Project Yellowstone each received funding from a New Jersey Council for the Humanities grant. During the fall, events offered by the Legacy Project and Parks Program: Project Yellowstone will be virtual.

Sign Up for Denville Newsletter
Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

Parks Program: Project Yellowstone Calendar of Events:

On Tue., Sept. 29, at 7 p.m., join author Jordan Fisher Smith for a book discussion on “Engineering Eden: A Violent Death, a Federal Trial, and the Struggle to Restore Nature in Our National Parks.” A question and answer session with the author will follow the lecture.

On Thur., Oct. 15, at 7 p.m., test your knowledge on all things conservation-related, including categories on pop culture, history, Yellowstone, science and current events. Throughout the evening, $25 gift cards to the CCM Campus Store will be given to winners.

Join Native American scholar and Crow tribe member Dr. Shane Doyle on Tue., Oct. 22, at 12:30 p.m., who will present on Medicine Wheel Country, or Big Sky County, in the Northern Plains. Doyle will provide information on Crow culture and an archeological discovery that changed the understanding of human history.

Participants interested in Parks Program: Project Yellowstone events need to email parksprogram@ccm.edu for Zoom log-in information. The program also encourages the public to join its educational adventures via Instagram at @ccmparksprogram and Twitter at @PY_CCM to stay abreast of upcoming and new events, stories and photos.

Legacy Project Calendar of Events:

On Tue., Oct.r 20, at 12:30 p.m., journalist and New York University Professor Yvonne Latty will present a lecture, followed by a question and answer session, on “We Were There: Stories of Black Veterans.” Latty is the author of “In Conflict: Iraq War Veterans Speak Out on Duty, Loss and the Fight to Stay Alive,” and “We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, From World War II to the War in Iraq.”

On Tue., Nov. 10, at 12:30 p.m., poet Seema Reza will present a lecture and question and answer session on “We Are Not Done Yet: Poetry and PTSD Awareness.” Reza is the chief executive officer of Community Building Art Works, which encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care and socialization among a military population struggling with emotional and physical injuries that was the subject of HBO's documentary “We Are Not Done Yet.”

Reservations are required for Legacy Project events and can be made by emailing legacy@ccm.edu. Participants will receive Zoom log-in details.