Field Biology and Field Geology of the Alaska Inside Passage and Yukon Interior, Kluane National Park, Canada
"The ELI course that I participated in 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 First Nations perspectives and a western science grounding
are combined in a setting that is absolutely breathtaking."
Session 1: July 23 - August 3, 2004.
Participant Share of Cost (SOC): $1300 plus airfare to Bellingham-Alaska Ferry terminal, and airfare return from Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska airlines offers reasonable one way Anchorage-Seattle fares. (Partial need-based fellowship may be available). Rolling Admissions. $150 non-refundable deposit.
The Environmental Learning Institute provides course transport from Bellingham to Anchorage, Alaska, ferry, on-course travel, food, cooking equipment, lodging, protected area fees, course reader and all scientific and research equipment.
†This Share of Cost (SOC) does not include airfare from the participantís home to and from Bellingham, and the airfare return from Anchorage to Bellingham or home, personal clothing, personal equipment expenses, personal expenses or optional travel.
Option 1. 4 graduate-level relicensure hour credits available through Colorado School of Mines (additional $150). Registration for this credit is done at the completion of the course with payment by credit card or check. All required materials MUST be received by CSM within 2 weeks of completing the course.
Option 2. 2 sciences graduate credits available through New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology ($360, 2004 fees may rise slightly). Registration for this credit must be completed prior to the course. NMIT registration materials available at www.nmt.edu/~eodi.
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Rendezvous: Noon, July 23, Bellingham, Washington Alaska ferry terminal.
Dropoff: 6 PM, August 3, Anchorage airport. Therefore you can book flights for the next day.
1. Facilitator Contact Information:
Allsion Butler, M.Sc., University of Alaska, Anchorage
In this remarkable regional TORCH we will explore through authentic inquiry-based learning-research activities the incredible Coastal Temperate Rainforest ecosystems of British Columbia and Alaska's "Inside Passage" and the remarkable taiga and tundra interior of the Yukon's Kluane National Park. August is usually a time of beautiful weather, frequently clear skies. The "Inside Passage" is composed of spectacular glaciated mountain ranges, fjiords and incredibly rich coastal temperate rainforest ecosystems. Spruce and cedar trees, willows, birch, grizzley bears, black bears, wolves, whales, seals and sea lions typify the region. We will be tent-camping on the Alaska Ferry in the Solarium area and taking our meals in the ferry cafeteria. Our days are filled with observations from the ferry, daily powerpoint lectures and activities, our evenings include films and lively text-based discussions of inquiry-based scientific learning, traditional ecological knowledge, expeditionary learning, team development models, global environmental change. Following a brief visit of Juneau, we make landfall in Haines, and then proceed throgh the St. Elias protected area to the Arctic Research Institute near Kluane National Park, Haines Junction, Yukon, Canada. There we will study and research in the tundra and taiga ecosystems of the Kluane region, the North America's largest protected area, in excess of 8 million hectares, with remarkable biological richness and abundance.
3. Itinerary (This will change due to weather, road conditions and other circumstances of Alaska-Yukon expeditionary learning):
Days 2-4 We study northward along the Ferry route.
Days 5 Camp in Chugach National Forest, excellent Grizzley Bear observation area
Day 6-11 Arctic Research Institute, Kluane National Park
Day 12-13 Proceed to Fairbanks visiting the spectacular Tatna National Wildlife Refuge enroute.
4. Levels of educator-participants:
We invite undergraduate science majors interested in field biology and geology of British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon, field science education and learning techniques, 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 Coastal Temperate Rainforest and Taiga/Tundra 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 are integrated into a central theme of sustainability from a local and global perspective. Biosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere interactions and exchanges within the Temperate Rainforest and Taiga and Tundra 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 Alaska, British Columbia and Yukon
Global Environmental Change
Experimental Design and Data Interpretation
Tectonic, Geologic and Physical Geographic Development of the North American Cordillerra
Climate and Weather of the Pacific Northwest
Mineral and Petroleum Resources of the Northwest Cordillerra
Causes and Consequences of Northern Latitudes Biodiversity
Plant and Animal Adaptations to the Far North
Coastal Temperate Rainforest ecosystem structure and function
Taiga Forest and Tundra Ecosystem Structure & Function
Protected Areas Strategies and Human 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: On the ferry we sleep in tents under the solarium. We eat in the cafeteria. On land we will be cooking in a camp and also occassionally eating in simple local restaurants. At the Arctic Research Institute we will sleep in dorm research cabins and eat in the mess hall. Participants will be asked to help the camp manager with cooking and cleaning chores in rotation. 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 Alaska-BC-Yukon TORCH course involves hiking in the temperate rainforest and wet taiga forests, wet and dry tundra, dayhiking with a 20 pound daypack, hiking on trails and off-trails, traveling in a van for several hours on sometimes curvy mountain roads, †traveling in a canoe, traveling on the Alaska ferry.† Participants will sleep in tents, in sleeping bags with sleeping pads on the ground.† You must be in VERY GOOD physical condition.