BIO 180 is a demanding course that works through a lot of detailed scientific material. This section of ENG199 has the goal of both facilitating that learning and supplementing it by having students think in-depth about two books that will structure the course: Loren Eiseley's The Immense Journey and Robin Wall Kimmerer's Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. These books will facilitate the BIO 180 learning by discussing many of the same subjects and placing them in more memorable contexts--some course conversations will take up the value of narrative as a vessel for knowledge. These books will supplement the BIO 180 learning by pushing on the 'how' and 'why' and 'who' of scientific knowledge, helping students think about how to bring scientific knowledge from the BIO 180 course into service for themselves and various communities. Through conversation and putting words to paper, ENG 199 will be a space to clarify ideas and thus bring them to life.