In March 2018, I started working with Wildsight to create a brand new education program called the Columbia River Field School (CRFS). After six months of brainstorming, planning, networking, and organizing, our efforts came to fruition when we journeyed by canoe for two weeks with sixteen local youth from the headwaters of the Columbia to its confluence with the Kootenay River, learning from the land and its people all along the way. We met with twenty-one guest experts and covered a rigorous and wide ranging curriculum that touched on perspectives from the various fields of geography, ecology, hydrology, technology, economics, politics, history, culture, and outdoor adventure. We strengthened our connections to the land and built connections with each other. We thought critically, but spoke from the heart. By all counts, it was a huge success. Read more about it here.

Having received grant funding to run the program again in 2019, I am working with the Wildsight team to make this exciting program even better for a new group of youth. We are also working to cultivate a community of alumni and offer them continued opportunities to stay engaged and build from the base of knowledge that they acquired in the Field School. Read more about what they’re doing here.

Top photo by  Pat Morrow . Bottom photo by Shelly Boyd.

Top photo by Pat Morrow. Bottom photo by Shelly Boyd.