"The TORCH workshop that I participated in on Clayoquot
Sound, BC has been invaluable. The staff is a remarkable combination of
brilliance, experience, scientific knowledge, and cultural understanding.
To be immersed in this unique environment has enriched my professional
and personal life. Already I have developed and presented two workshops
using inquiry and environmental themes from this workshop. The Hesquiaht
First Nations perspectives and a western science grounding are combined
in a setting that is absolutely breathtaking. This is an international
learning and service experience not to be missed."
Field Biology and Field Geology of the Canadian Temperate Rainforest (Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve), British Columbia , Canada.
Thursday, July 24 - Friday, August 1, 2003
Participant Share of Cost (SOC): A comprehensive SOC of $900. Rolling Admissions. $150 non-refundable deposit
The Environmental Learning Institute provides course transport from the Seattle rendezvous to the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, Canada, on-course travel, food, cooking equipment, lodging, protected area fees, course reader and all scientific and research equipment.
†This fee does not include airfare from the participantís home to and from Seattle, personal clothing, personal equipment expenses, personal expenses or optional travel.
PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COMMUNICATE WITH PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS!
Rendezvous: 1 PM, Thursday, July 24, SEATAC (Seattle) airport.
Dropoff: 9 AM, Friday, August 1 SEATAC (Seattle) airport. Therefore you can book flights at 11 AM..
Option 1. 4 graduate-level relicensure hour credits available through Colorado School of Mines (additional $130). Registration for this credit is done at the completion of the course with payment by credit card or check.
Option 2. 2 sciences graduate credits available through New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology ($360; option for 3 sciences graduate credits with additional required post-course research paper, $540). Registration for this credit must be completed prior to the course. NMIT registration materials available at www.nmt.edu/~eodi.
1. Facilitator Contact Information:
Steven and Karen Charleson, Hooksum Outdoor School, Hesquiaht Harbor, B.C.
Sennen Charleson, Victoria, B.C.
Dennis Morgan, M.Sc., Director, Bamfield Community Forest
The Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve is composed of the largest intact virgin rainforest in southern British Columbia, inland seaways, fiords and an incredibly rich marine environment. In this TORCH we will explore through authentic inquiry-based learning-research activities the incredible temperate rain forests of British Columbia's Vancouver Island's "Wild West Coast". Towering cedar trees, several salmon species, wolves, bears, eagles, resident grey and orca whales typify the region. We will live with the Hesquiaht First Nations and Anglo-Canadian communities whose lives are fundamentally dependent on the sustainable management of the region's still intact watershed. After a camping study tour from Seattle to Clayoquot Sound, we take a 2 hour boat ride to Hesquiaht Harbor. Our home base will be at a Hesquiaht First Nations traditional Longhouse. The group will study coastal temperate rainforest ecosystems in the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada through hands-on explorations guided by local area experts. (Dr. Silverberg co-founded and directed the Boston University Affiliated School for Field Studies in Bamfield, B.C.) The workshop will take place in a 9-day session in July of 2003.
The 9-day institute will be spent traveling to and from and staying in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The group will fly to Seattle, Washington and then take a study tour enroute to the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve.
24 July Seattle 1 PM airport rendezvous, camp on Olympic Peninsula
4. Levels of educator-participants:
We invite intermediate- to secondary-level pre-service, in-service, education undergrad and graduate student, science education professors (teacher of teachers) and science education professionals (e.g. science education coordinators, university, park, museum and outdoor center affiliated).
5. Structure of workshop:
6. Content Knowledge Topics: Field Geology and Field Biology in the Context of Natural Ecosystems and Ecological Concepts
This course provides an overview of the British Columbia coastal rainforest ecosystems: what they are; how they work from a geological and biological perspective; and how they evolve and adapt to change. Ecosystem structure and function, as well as ecosystem development and dynamic equilibrium are integrated into a central theme of sustainability from a local and global perspective. Particular emphasis will be given to the ecology of British Columbia's Vancouver island coast , the Clayoquat Sound Biosphere Reserve. Biosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere interactions and exchanges within the coastal zone and temperate biomes are introduced as related to issues of local and global environmental change. The philosophy, pedagogy and learning activities of the course employ a standards- and inquiry-based approach.
Environmental History of Canada
Canada and Global Environmental Change
Experimental Design and Data Interpretation
Watersheds and Coastal Environmental Change
Tectonic, Geologic and Physical Geographic Development of British Columbia and Vancouver Island, Canada
Glacial Geomorphic Processes
Coastal Geologic Processes
Tides and Currents
Physical Oceanography of the Coastal Zone
Biogeochemical Cycles in the Coastal Zone
Causes and Consequences of Biodiversity
Temperate Rainforest Structure & Function
Habitat Fragmentation and Degradation
How Coastal Temperate Rainforests Work
Canada's Protected Areas and Communities
7. Curriculum materials:
8. Field Equipment: Our field lab includes several notebook computers, TI-89 graphing calculators, a full set of Vernier calculator and computer-based laboratory probes and standard geological and biological field equipment. A digital projector, compasses, barometers, digital cameras, mini-DV camcorders, 35 mm SLR, dissecting microscope, GPS units.
9. Food and Lodging: We will be cooking in a camp and also occassionally eating in simple local restaurants. Participants will be asked to help the camp manager with cooking and cleaning chores in rotation. In Clayoquot Sound we will be living in a traditional longhouse. Enroute, we will be camping in tents and using sleeping bags. You need to bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping pad. Two person tents are provided, though you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
10. Physical Fitness Requirements: The British Columbia Rainforest TORCH course involves hiking in the wet temperate rainforest, dayhiking with a 20 pound daypack, hiking on trails and off-trails, traveling in a van for several hours on sometimes curvy coastal and mountain roads, †traveling in a motorboat on a choppy water surface.† Participants will sleep in tents, in sleeping bags with sleeping pads on the ground.†