Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field School

Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School

The LEAF School partners with tribes, government agencies, non-profits, and businesses to engage students through service-learning and community-based research in the hands-on application of traditional environmental knowledge and anthropological methods to modern sustainability challenges. At the core of the program is a series of courses in human ecology and archaeology but all anthropology classes at the college participate in some LEAF School field activities. Typical projects include supporting tribal canoe journey, traditional food revitalization, habitat restoration, ethnobotany, road ecology, wildlife tracking, rapid ethnographic assessments, and archaeological surveys and excavations. In addition to the field courses undergraduate research supported by external grants and contracts gives students first-hand experience in ethnographic, ecological, and archaeological methods.

ANTH 201 - 203 Human Ecology I-III

Students interested in intensive field experiences should enroll in Anth 201, Human Ecology. The next offering of this course will be in Summer 2015 when projects will focus on ethnobotany, wildlife tracking, and support of the Tribal Paddle to Muckleshoot and the Stillaguamish Tribe's annual Festival of the River. 

Fish and Wildlife Monitoring

The LEAF School partners with the Center for Service-Learning to host fish and wildlife monitoring projects for the City of Mukilteo, Snohomish County, and the Snoqualmie Tribe. Students can sign up to participate in these projects through the Center for Service-Learning's Sponsored Projects. Reports from previous projects are available at Dr. Thomas Murphy's profile page on Academia.edu and at the LEAF School's Wildlife Monitoring Google Site.   

Green Infrastructure Policy Integration in Puget Sound Municipalities

LEAF School faculty, staff, and students are conducting an ethnographic study of green infrastructure policy integration in the twelve-county region of Western Washington served by Puget Sound Partnership. The purpose of this research is to identify patterns of barriers across local governments in the region along with internal changes and external support that might help advance green infrastructure as a strategy for Puget Sound recovery. A copy of the final report will be available at Dr. Thomas Murphy's profile pages on Academia.edu, Social Science Research Network, and Research Gate after the completion of the project, scheduled for August 15, 2015. You can request a copy of the final report by submitting your email address here

Public Events

In addition to our course offerings in human ecology and archaeology the LEAF School supports large public events open to the community. Join us at Stolja Ali: Place of Medicine Ethnobotanical Garden in the City of Lynnwood’s Gold Park on Make A Difference Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, and Earth Day. Sign up through the Center for Service-Learning. Each year you can also join us as we help the powwow committee and our Native American Student Association host an annual powwow on the first weekend of May.

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