Tundra Lichen / The Icefield Ranges
Field Biology and Field Geology of the Northern North America Cordillera (Alaska - Canadian Highway), Alaska, Yukon Territory, British Columbia , Canada.
"The TORCH workshop that I participated in British Columbia 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."
Brilliant Braided Rivers / Kluane World Heritage Site
August 15 -22 , 2005
Participant Share of Cost: A comprehensive course fee of $1100. Rolling Admissions. $150 non-refundable deposit
The Environmental Learning Institute provides course transport from the Fairbanks, Alaska rendezvous to Seattle-Tacoma Airport, 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 Fairbanks and from Seattle-Tacoma Airport, personal clothing, personal equipment expenses, personal expenses or optional travel.
PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COMMUNICATE WITH PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS!
Rendezvous: 0900 Hours AM, August 15, Fairbanks, Alaska.
Dropoff: 2000 Hours PM, 22 August Seattle-Tacoma Airport, Washington State. Therefore you can book flights for the next morning.
Entering Kluane First Nations Territory/ The Kitchen and Chef at the Arctic Research Institute
1. Facilitator Contact Information:
Sennen Charleson, Victoria, B.C.
The Alaska-Canada Highway traverses remarkable boreal or taiga forests, temperate evergreen forests and tundra environments. It is connector between North America's far northwest and the US Pacific northwest, while also an important corridor for Canadian and First Nations travel and commerce. The entire length we travel straddles the Western Cordillerra mountain ranges, range after range after range, with abundant wildlife, magnificent forests and wild rivers. Heading east and south from Fairbanks Alaska we will visit the Tatlin National Wildlife Refuge, the Kluane National Park and Reserve, the Arctic Research Institute, and many of the remarkable Canadian and First Nation's protected areas along the ALCAN and it's brilliant "spur" the Cassiar Highway.
The 8-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.
15 August Fairbanks 0900 Hours AM rendezvous; gear check, buy supplies and head to Tatlin National Wildlife Refuge, arrive late afternoon
Dendrochronology in the Taiga/Boreal Forest
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 taiga-boreal, temperate evergreen and 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, 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 the western cordillerra, the system of protected areas, the local communities. Biosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere interactions and exchanges within the cordillerra and interior arctic to 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 and Alaska
Canada and global environmental change
Experimental design and data interpretation
Watersheds and environmental change
Tectonic, geologic and physical geographic development of the cordillerra in Alaska and Yukon-British Columbia, Canada
Glacial geomorphic processes
Biogeochemical cycles in the taiga forests
Causes and consequences of biodiversity
Taiga, tundra, temperate evergreen forest structure & function
Habitat fragmentation and degradation
Canada's protected areas and communities
7. Curriculum materials:
8. Field Equipment: Our field lab includes several notebook computers, 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. 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 ALCAN TORCH course involves hiking in the wet tundra and taiga and temperate forest, dayhiking with a 20 pound daypack, hiking on trails and off-trails, traveling in a van for 5-8 hours/day on often curvy mountain roads.† Participants will sleep in tents, in sleeping bags with sleeping pads on the ground.†