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Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field School

Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School

Coast Salish drumThe LEAF School partners with tribes, government agencies, non-profits, and businesses to engage students through service-learning and community-based research in the hands-on application of traditional environmental knowledge to modern problems. At the core of the program is a series of courses in human ecology and archaeology. Typical projects include supporting tribal canoe journey, traditional food revitalization, habitat restoration, ethnobotany, road ecology, wildlife tracking, archaeological and culturally modified tree surveys. 

Academic Year

The LEAF School is a year-round program offered in partnership through Edmonds and Everett Community Colleges. The human ecology courses, ANTH 201-203, typically meet on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each quarter of the year. Summer quarter features special events like Tribal Canoe Journey that combine components of the archaeology and human ecology sequence.

Paddle to Swinomish

Summer 2014

Paddle to Bella Bella

Join local canoe families and the green team on the Paddle to Bella Bella, British Columbia for the 2014 Tribal Canoe Journey. You have the option of signing up for either half or the full journey. Students enrolling for half of the journey will earn five credits in the human ecology sequence and two credits in the archaeology sequence. Students enrolling for the full journey will earn ten credits in the human ecology sequence and two credits in archaeology sequence. Activities along the journey may include ethnobotany, wildlife tracking, museum visits, experimental archaeology, camp logistics, driving, composting on the Green Team barge, traditional food preparation, pulling in tribal canoes (when invited), observing protocol, riding in support boats and potlatch support. 

The twelve credit option will meet from June 22 through July 17 and will travel with canoe families from Bellingham, WA to Bella Bella, British Columbia. A non-refundable study abroad fee of $1,040 is required in addition to regular tuition and fees

The first seven credit option will meet from June 22 through July 4 and will travel with canoe families from Bellingham, WA to Brown's Bay, British Columbia. A non-refundable study abroad fee of $520 is required in addition to regular tuition and fees.

The second seven credit option will meet from July 5 through 17 and will travel with canoe families from Adam's River to Bella Bella, British Columbia. Wildlife tracker David Moskowitz will be joining this section as a guest instructor. A non-refundable study abroad fee of $520 is required in addition to regular tuition and fees.

Click here to apply. A few spots still remain available. Apply now. $300 deposit due on May 27. Remaining balance on study abroad fee is due by June 10. Contact tmurphy@email.edcc.edu for questions.

Public Events

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In addition to our course offerings in human ecology and archaeology the LEAF School supports large public events open to the community. Join us at Stolja Ali: Place of Medicine Ethnobotanical Garden in the City of Lynnwood’s Gold Park on Make A Difference Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, and Earth Day. Sign up through the Center for Service-Learning. Each year you can also join us as we help the powwow committee and our Native American Student Association host an annual powwow on the first weekend of May.

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