Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field School

Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School

The 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 and anthropological methods to modern sustainability challenges. At the core of the program is a series of courses in human ecology and archaeology but all anthropology classes at the college participate in some LEAF School field activities. Typical projects include supporting tribal canoe journey, traditional food revitalization, habitat restoration, ethnobotany, road ecology, wildlife tracking, rapid ethnographic assessments, and archaeological surveys and excavations. In addition to the field courses undergraduate research supported by external grants and contracts gives students first-hand experience in ethnographic, ecological, and archaeological methods.

ANTH 201 - 203 Human Ecology I-III

Students interested in intensive field experiences should enroll in ANTH 201, Human Ecology. The next offering of this course is in Spring 2016 when projects will focus on ethnobotany, wildlife tracking, and preparations for the Tribal Canoe Journey Paddle to Nisqually. 

Tribal Canoe Journey Paddle to Nisqually - Summer 2016

In Summer 2016 the LEAF School is offering an incredible opportunity for students to earn college credit while supporting Coast Salish canoe families on the Paddle to Nisqually. The field-based program will meet from 8 am to 5 pm on July 6th and 13th, and then begin a three week long camping and field excursion from July 18th through August 7th. Students will enroll for 12 credits in a combination of the following classes: 5 - 10 credits in ANTH 201 - 203 Human Ecology, up to 5 credits in ANTH& 215 Bioanthropology w/Lab, and 2 credits in ANTH 271, 273, or 275 Archaeology Lab. These combinations will allow students to satisfy social science, natural science lab, and/or cultural diversity requirements. Apply online.

Fish and Wildlife Monitoring

The LEAF School partners with the Center for Service-Learning to host fish and wildlife monitoring projects for the City of Mukilteo, Snohomish County, and the Snoqualmie Tribe. Students can sign up to participate in these projects through the Center for Service-Learning's Sponsored Projects. Reports from previous projects are available at Dr. Thomas Murphy's profile page on Academia.edu and at the LEAF School's Wildlife Monitoring Google Site.   

Green Infrastructure Policy Integration in Puget Sound Municipalities

In 2015 LEAF School faculty, staff, and students conducted an ethnographic study of green infrastructure policy integration in the twelve-county region of Western Washington served by Puget Sound Partnership. The purpose of this research is to identify patterns of barriers across local governments in the region along with internal changes and external support that might help advance green infrastructure as a strategy for Puget Sound recovery. A copy of the final report is now available from the following sites: Academia.edu, Social Science Research Network, and Research Gate after the completion of a peer review of the project report. A copy of a conference presentation on the project is also available.  

Public Events

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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