Born in Honduras and raised in California, Graeme Lee Rowlands moved to British Columbia in 2014 to attend Quest University Canada in Squamish. There, he completed a self-designed interdisciplinary degree in Water Resource Sciences with a special focus on the Columbia River Basin and the Columbia River Treaty. His work has since been published in English and French in more than 50 journalistic and academic outlets including the Seattle Times and the official journal of the International Water Resources Association. Graeme has also traveled extensively throughout the Columbia River Basin to learn directly from people and place. Most notably, in 2017 he followed the entire length of the Columbia from sea-to-source by bicycle and kayak while reading key texts and engaging with local residents and experts. In 2019, Graeme served on the Planning Committee for the sixth annual international ‘One River, Ethics Matter’ Conference and is an ongoing member of the Columbia River Roundtable
Driven by a profound sense of gratitude for the time he has been able to spend in this watershed, Graeme is currently focused on creating opportunities for other young people to become passionate about and engage with Columbia Basin issues, just as he has been so fortunate to do. His primary project within this sphere is the Columbia River Field School —an outdoor education program by Wildsight which seeks to involve secondary school students in the beauty and complexity of the watershed through canoe travel, critical reading and discussion, and interactions with highly qualified guest speakers.
Graeme has also taught hundreds of people between the ages of 4 and 91 in a variety of other outdoor, place-based education programs in California, Washington, British Columbia and beyond. He is most inspired when in beautiful spaces learning and laughing alongside others.
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