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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 year-around community-based activities linked to anthropology courses throughout the academic year. Typical projects include supporting sustainable food production, tribal canoe journey, ethnobotany, wildlife tracking, 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.


Archaeology and Edible Anthropology - Summer 2020

Archaeological trench and screenDuring Summer 2020 the LEAF School is offering two incredible opportunities for students to earn college credit while participating in archaeological, biological, and cultural field activities.  An archaeological field school will provide students with the opportunity to earn nine credits in ANTH 270, 271, and 273 while participating in local cultural resource surveys and/or excavations. An edible anthropology field school will provide students with the opportunity to earn ten credits credits in ANTH 201, 202, and/or 215 while participating in biological and cultural field activities related to local and global foods. Students will be able to enroll in one or both field schools this summer. More details will be posted here as they become available during Winter and Spring 2020. Questions can be directed to Alicia Valentino (Archaeology) and Gem Baldwin (Edible Anthropology). 


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