Last month, the 17th Cohort of graduate students arrived to begin their 7-quarter educational journey towards their Master of Education degree! This group of 14 students arrived from all corners of the United States -- as far away as Florida! -- and will soon move in to a year-long residency at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center.
But first, they've embarked on a 6-week Place-based Education course to meet their new home, traveling by canoe down the length of the Skagit River to the Salish Sea. They will be meeting naturalists and community leaders to learn the natural history of the area, how its people interact with the landscape and what it means to develop a sense of place.
Students and graduate program staff have also participated in day trips to local farms and gardens, worked on an alpine restoration stewardship project with the US Forest Service, learned about local geology from North Cascades National Park geologist Jon Reidel and viewed the solar eclipse.
Their summer course will culminate in an immersive 10-day backpack through the North Cascades this month. In addition to getting to know their new homes in the Cascades, this intensive outdoor course also provides the perfect opportunity for this group to get to know each other and create their own cohort community culture.
Graduate student, Angela Burlile's video about the Place-based Learning course in summer of 2016!