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The School’s field-based, university-level courses provide learning opportunities that are relevant for students in a range of majors and disciplines.  Students earn up to 16 units of upper-division credit and gain rich practical field experience in rural and remote southeastern Alaska.

3-week Intensive I: May 17 – June 8, 2017

Community Ecology: Salmon, People, Place


6-week Summer Session:  June 21 – August 3, 2017

Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology + Politics of Place


3-week Intensive II:  August 23 – September 14, 2017

Stewardship of Salmon Rivers


Tatoosh School students become field scientists and participate in several long-term ecological and socio-economic research programs in collaboration with our partners while gaining invaluable experience and professional connections that can last a lifetime. Tatoosh School programs apply understandings of Southeast’s dynamic terrestrial, riparian, and nearshore marine ecosystems while compiling and analyzing data that supports land managers in their evaluation of the efficacy of techniques as projects progress across the region.

The School’s Summer Session expeditions integrate two upper-division undergraduate classes taken concurrently. Students enrolled in 3-week intensives enroll in one upper-division undergraduate course. Graduate students are welcome to apply and credit is available. Learn more about earning academic credit.

 


3-week Intensive I: May 17 – June 8, 2017

Community Ecology: Salmon, People, Place

5 semester or 8 quarter units

 

CE program picThis 3-week intensive focuses on the communities that inhabit the heart of the Pacific Coastal Ecoregion. Conceived broadly, the course theme of community ecology launches explorations from the outer coast to the Inside Passage to study interactions at varying scales and across biological, social, biophysical, and cultural boundaries.

The CE course will begin with a 4-7 day backcountry expedition in the Prince of Wales Island archipelago. The remainder of CE will be spent in the forests and rivers of Prince of Wales, with a base camp in Coffman Cove. Classes will be interdisciplinary, conducted in both lecture- and activity-based formats.

Course Description:

Community Ecology: Salmon, People, Place (5 semester or 8 quarter units, 410/510) Students develop an understanding of key ecological principals of aquatic and terrestrial systems, from the nearshore intertidal zone to the high alpine. This class also examines the adaptations and relationships of organisms to their environments over time and space. A community ecology lens adds consideration of organizations and networks on the landscape and in human communities, enhancing students’ knowledge of resiliency and sustainability in the ecoregion.

 


6-week Summer Session:  June 21 – August 3, 2017

Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology + Politics of Place

8 semester or 12 quarter units

 

The six-week core session is designed to foster first-hand learning about the ecology and environmental policy of southern Southeast Alaska. Expedition-based and experience-centered, this program makes wild lands and the working landscape your lecture hall. A rural base camp is the jumping-off point for sea kayak expeditions on the outer coast and the Inside Passage, linked by lectures from community leaders and stakeholders and participation in two long-term ecological monitoring programs.

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Aquatic & Terrestrial Ecology of Southeast Alaska (4 semester or 6 quarter units, 410/510). Students develop an understanding of key ecological principals of aquatic and terrestrial systems, from the nearshore intertidal zone to the high alpine. This class also examines the adaptations and relationships of organisms to their environments over time and space.

Politics of Place: Southeast Alaska (4 semester or 6 quarter units, 410/510). Topics include land ownership, public and private land management, conservation strategies, local and regional economies, Alaska Native cultures and communities, and contemporary resource management issues. A focus is placed on the evolution of social and legal structures, and how these structures guide current decision-making.  Inquiry and reason are applied to real-life challenges, and students engage with citizens and policymakers to consider solutions.

 


3-week Intensive II:  August 23 – September 14, 2017

Stewardship of Salmon Rivers

4 semester or 6 quarter units

 

There is nothing quite like casting a fly to the schools of salmon and feeding char and trout in the heart of the Pacific Coastal Ecoregion. The crown jewel of the National Forest system, the Tongass includes 17,000 miles of clean, undammed creeks, rivers, and lakes with short runs to the sea. The forest is a fishing paradise, and salmon sustain local culture and rural ways of life. Salmon and trout contribute an estimated $1 billion to the regional economy; stewardship of their habitat is necessary work. The time to learn about and engage in this work is now.

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The SSR course will begin with a 4-5 day backcountry expedition in the Prince of Wales Island archipelago.  The remainder of SSR will be spent in the communities of Coffman Cove, Klawock, Craig, and Thorne Bay and in the forests and rivers of the Island.  Classes will be interdisciplinary, conducted in both lecture- and activity-based formats.  In addition, students will receive lectures from experts from across the region to gain a rich understanding of the diversity of perspectives, challenges, and opportunities in the field.

Course Description:

Stewardship of Salmon Rivers (4 semester or 6 quarter units, 410/510) This intensive course examines the physical, biological, economic and political frameworks essential to informed stewardship of salmon-producing watersheds and healthy forests in the Pacific Coastal Ecoregion. Coursework engages the fields of hydrology, geology, geomorphology, biology, political science, and economics to develop students’ understanding of integrated watershed stewardship. Students practice stream and forest survey and monitoring techniques that contribute to long-term collaborative stewardship work while gaining valuable field research experience.

 


 

While on course, students are “on” seven days a week, engaged as a community to explore and learn.  The group sits for classes when a student poses a question, around an evening campfire, or before a day’s paddle.  Instructors give readings and assignments, and students often share their final work.  Inquiry-based learning – asking relevant questions and finding answers – drives the day’s schedule. Along with academic coursework and research projects, students gain foundational skills of wilderness sea kayaking and camping.  These skills begin with the basics – cooking, stove use, navigation with maps, charts, and a compass, and Leave No Trace ethics.  Kayaking curriculum includes paddle strokes, tides and ocean currents, weather, marine hazards and wet exits.  Students may practice kayak rescues and rolling at the discretion of the instructors.  A full course also includes discussions of leadership styles, expedition behavior, and risk management -as students progress, they will join the instructors as they identify and manage the hazards of wind and waves, rocky shorelines, currents, open crossings, and cold water. Southeast Alaska’s splendid ocean and the sky can be raucous and demand respect.  A course may wait out a storm for a few days, packing in classes under the tarp and learning the music of the rain.  As on any expedition, there will be times when students are challenged -and everyone will work together to get to know our wild lecture hall.

Learn more about course costs.

Questions? Ask an alum – alumni at tatooshschool.org

 

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