Fall 2012 quarter
- Jeff Antonelis-Lapp environmental education , Lucia Harrison public administration, visual arts
- Fields of Study
- environmental studies, natural history, outdoor leadership and education, visual arts and writing
- Preparatory for studies or careers in
- environmental education and related fields.
Mount Rainier, known locally as "the Mountain" or "Tahoma", dominates the landscape of the Puget Sound region and commands the attention, imagination and respect of its inhabitants. The relationship of people to the Mountain has varied widely: prized by Indigenous Peoples for a variety of activities; seen by European-American settlers as a potentially vast resource for timber and minerals; and visited as a wilderness and recreation destination for Puget Sound inhabitants and tourists from the world over.
This 1-quarter program begins with a 3-day on-campus intensive that will provide instruction on keeping an illustrated field journal and thoroughly prepare students for a 9-day field trip to Mount Rainier National Park which immediately follows the orientation. Students must be prepared for primitive campground conditions, sleeping in tents and preparing meals outdoors without electricity. Students must also be fit for strenuous hikes and outdoor service learning work. Field trip activities will include studying the parks's natural history, hikes with and presentations by park service staff and conservation service learning.
Once back on campus, we will place Mount Rainier in its historical context by studying the history of the National Park Service and Tahoma's precontact history that reaches back 8,000 years. Each student will select a species of interest to create a thematic series of expressive drawings, conduct a scientific literature review, and write a creative nonfiction essay. Drawing workshops will provide strategies for developing ideas visually and writing workshops will support all phases of the writing process.
We will conclude the quarter with a week 10 4-day field trip returning to Mount Rainier (this time staying in cabins) during which students will share their species of interest portfolios.
- Campus Location
- Online Learning
- Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online
- Greener Store
- Required Fees
- $400 for field trips to Mount Rainier National Park in fall.
- May be offered again in
- Offered During
|January 31st, 2012||This program is now Fall-only.|
|January 3rd, 2012||Andrew Gilbert has left the teaching team.|