Summer field courses in Alaska!
The Tatoosh School is a nonprofit, university-level field school with classrooms in the towns, oceans, and forests of Alaska’s Inside Passage. It is the school’s mission to foster first-hand learning about the ecology and environmental policy of southern Southeast Alaska.
Rigorous academics focus on the development of a sense of place and passion for civic engagement, and a sound knowledge of the Pacific coastal rainforest. Students can earn up to 12 units of credit andleave empowered to explore their surroundings with wide-eyed curiosity and to reach out as active and informed citizens.
Traveling through the islands that make up Southeast’s Alexander Archipelago provides students with the opportunity to build outdoor leadership and technical skills. Lectures and assignments delve into topics ranging from salmonid ecology to contemporary timber management. Innovative curricula teach scientific curiosity and civic engagement in ways that students can take home and practice, building a field course into a lifelong passion for wild learning.
Tatoosh School students become field scientists by participating in several established long-term ecological research programs together with our partners. These exciting projects provide students the opportunity to apply their understandings of Southeast’s dynamic terrestrial, riparian, and nearshore marine ecosystems while contributing to a valuable body of scientific data that is, in turn, used to inform management decisions across the region.
Ketchikan Launch – June 18 – July 30
Wrangell Launch – August 4 – September 15
The School’s six-week kayak expeditions include two upper-division classes taken concurrently, one in science and a second in policy. While in the field, we experience the cause and effect of natural history and ecology and land management decisions hand-in-hand, with curricula woven together in a balanced way. In addition to the core curriculum, students become field scientists and participate in several long-term ecological research programs in collaboration with our partners.
Class Descriptions – taken concurrently during each launch
Aquatic & Terrestrial Ecology of Southeast Alaska (6 quarter units). Students develop an understanding of key ecological principals of aquatic and terrestrial systems, from the nearshore intertidal zone to the high alpine. This class also examines the adaptations and relationships of organisms to their environments over time and space.
Politics of Place – Southeast Alaska (6 quarter units). Topics include land ownership, public and private land management, conservation strategies, local and regional economies, Alaska Native cultures and communities, and contemporary resource management issues. A focus is placed on the evolution of social and legal structures, and how these structures guide current decision-making. Inquiry and reason are applied to real-life challenges, and students engage with citizens and policymakers to consider solutions.
Stewardship of Salmon Rivers – Prince of Wales Island, AK – May 14 – June 5
(6 quarter units) This course examines the physical, biological, economic and political frameworks essential to informed stewardship of salmon-producing watersheds in the Pacific Coastal Ecoregion. Coursework engages the fields of hydrology, geology, geomorphology, biology, political science, and economics to develop students’ understanding of integrated watershed stewardship. Students explore river systems with different levels of anthropogenic impact, and practice stream survey and monitoring techniques that contribute to long-term collaborative stewardship work.
Learn more and apply at http://tatooshschool.org
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