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 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, habitat restoration, ethnobotany, road ecology, wildlife tracking, rapid ethnographic assessments, 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 2017

Tribal Canoe Journey

During Summer 2017 the LEAF School is offering an incredible opportunity for students to earn college credit supporting Coast Salish canoe families on the Paddle to We Wai Kai at Cape Mudge and Wei Wai Kum at Campbell River on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. The field-based program will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 5 and 12, and then begin a nearly four week long camping and field excursion from July 19 through August 13. 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. An application, available here, is required.


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 and Snohomish County. 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.


Public Events

In 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 KitchenCultural Kitchen in the Campus Community Farm or at stәĺĵxwáli (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. Help the powwow committee and our Native Student Association host an annual powwow on the first weekend of May. Sign up for these and similar project through the Center for Service-Learning


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