Nine Heritage students and eleven students from White Swan High School in the Mt. Adams High School District are traveling across eastern Washington and Oregon on a 14-day academic field experience. The course, People of the Big River connects the scholars with tribal elders, scientists, and natural resource managers for a unique study that blends Western science with traditional ecosystem knowledge.
This project, in partnership with the Yakama Nation Department of Natural Resources, US Forest Service, Heritage University's Center for Native Health and Culture, and with support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Pacific Northwest Community Grants, the Muckleshoot Charity Fund, and the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is taking students to the following land sites:
- Heritage University, Toppenish, WA
- Columbia River (petroglyphs, Celilo Falls), WA-OR
- Warm Springs Indian Reservation, OR
- Deschutes National Forest, OR
- Umatilla Indian Reservation, OR
- Grand Coulee Dam, WA
- Spokane Indian Reservation, WA
- Dry Falls, WA
Follow these students and their work as they blog about their experiences and observations.