Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field School

Community-based Anthropology

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 research methods to modern sustainability challenges. At the core of the program are summer field courses and community-based activities linked to anthropology courses throughout the academic year. Typical projects include supporting tribal canoe journey, traditional food revitalization, ethnobotany, wildlife tracking, social marketing, ethnographic and ecological assessments of green infrastructure, and archaeological surveys and excavations. In addition to the field courses and activities undergraduate research supported by external grants and contracts gives students first-hand experience in ethnographic, ecological, and archaeological methods.


Tribal Canoe Journey - Summer 2018

Tribal Canoe Journey

During Summer 2018 the LEAF School is offering an incredible opportunity for students to earn college credit supporting Coast Salish canoe families on the Paddle to Puyallup. The field-based program will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. in MLT 220 from July 2 to 12, and then begin a 3-week long camping and field excursion from July 14 through August 5. Students will enroll for 15 credits in a combination of the following classes: 5-15 credits in ANTH 201 - 203 Human Ecology, up to 5 credits in ANTH& 215 Bioanthropology w/Lab, and 5 credits in ART 129 Coast Salish Art. These combinations will allow students to satisfy humanities, social science, natural science lab, and/or cultural diversity requirements.

Tuition and fees for 15 credits in these selected classes are estimated to be about $1,745 for residents, $3,550 for non-residents, and $1,425 for eligible veterans. More detail about tuition and fees is available here. Information about scholarships is available here.  Apply for Foundation Scholarships before March 19th. Visit our library resource guide to learn more about Tribal Canoe Journey. An application, available here, is required. Early applications will receive priority. Initial admission decisions will begin on May 13.


Fish, Wildlife, and Green Infrastructure

The LEAF School partners with the Center for Service-Learning to host fish and wildlife monitoring projects for the City of Mukilteo and Snohomish County and green infrastructure projects with the Cities of Edmonds and Lynnwood, Snohomish Conservation District, and Puget Sound Partnership. Students can sign up to participate in these projects through the Center for Service-Learning. Reports from previous projects are available at Dr. Thomas Murphy's profile page on Academia.edu


Public Events

Cultural KitchenIn addition to summer field courses and activities throughout the year the LEAF School and Center for Service-Learning support large public events open to the community. Join us for events at q’wәld’ali (Place of the Cooking Fire) Cultural KitchenCampus Community Farm, and stәĺĵxwáli (Place-of-Medicine) Ethnobotanical Garden. Help the powwow committee and our Native Student Association host an annual Coastal Jam on Elizabeth Pertrovich Day in February and Powwow on the first weekend of May. Sign up for these and similar projects through the Center for Service-Learning