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 2019
During Summer 2019 the LEAF School is offering an incredible opportunity for students to earn college credit while studying people, plants, and animals of the Salish Sea. Field activities will include providing support for Coast Salish canoe families on the Paddle to Lummi. The classes will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. in MLT 220 from July 1 to Aug. 22. We will also meet for overnight camping on Tribal Journey from July 17-29th.
Students will enroll for a total of 15 credits in a combination of the following classes: 5-15 credits in ANTH 201 - 203 Human Ecology, 5 credits in ANTH& 215 Bioanthropology w/Lab, and/or 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. Early applications will receive priority. Initial admission decisions will begin on May 13.
Scholarships are available for students with Indigenous heritage and unmet financial need. Students may apply for the scholarship by completing the application before the priority deadline of May 13th.
Visit our library resource guide to learn more about Tribal Canoe Journey.
Tuition and fees for 15 credits in these selected classes are estimated to be about $1,552 for residents, $3,363 for non-residents, and $1,217 for eligible veterans. More detail about tuition and fees is available here.
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.
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 Kitchen, Campus 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.