Each year Heritage University students join with students from White Swan High School in the Mt. Adams High School District and travel across eastern Washington, central Oregon and northern Idaho 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.
The project, in partnership with the Yakama Nation Department of Natural Resources, US Forest Service, and Heritage University's Center for Indigenous Health, Culture and the Environment, is taking students to the following land sites:
- Heritage University, Toppenish, WA
- Deschutes National Forest, Bend, OR
- Celilo Village, OR
- Wellpinit, WA
- Coeur d'Alene, ID
Follow what these students said about their work as they shared their experiences and observations.