Founded in 2011, the Tatoosh School is a nonprofit, university-level field school with classrooms in the towns, oceans, and forests of Alaska’s Inside Passage, a 1-acre beachfront base camp on Prince of Wales Island and seasonal offices in Portland, Oregon. It is the school’s mission to foster first-hand learning about the ecology and environmental policy of southern Southeast Alaska.
Tatoosh School students achieve a hands-on understanding of ecology, natural history, geography, policy, and community through extended sea kayak expeditions and land-based explorations. Rigorous academics focus on the development of a sense of place and passion for civic engagement and a sound knowledge of the Pacific Coastal Ecoregion. Students are empowered to explore their surroundings with wide-eyed curiosity and to reach out as active and informed citizens.
Traveling by kayak through the islands that make up Southeast’s Alexander Archipelago provides students with the opportunity to build outdoor leadership and technical skills. Challenging lectures and assignments delve into topics ranging from island biogeography to contemporary forest management. Innovative curricula teach scientific curiosity and civic engagement in ways that students can take home and practice, building a three-, four-, or six-week field course into a lifelong passion for wild learning.
Meet our Staff and Board.
Learn about a few of the partners and collaborators with whom we work.The Tatoosh School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability in the administration of its admission or employment policies. The School operates under a special use permit with the USDA Forest Service, Tongass National Forest.