Hells Canyon Institute
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The Hells Canyon Institute is conducted under the
Lewis-Clark State College course title “HUM 351: Wilderness
Seminar.” The three-credit course emphasizes an interdisciplinary
approach to the study of wilderness values—with Hells Canyon of the
Snake River as a touchstone. A maximum of fourteen outstanding
juniors and seniors from many different academic disciplines are
eligible for the semester-long course.
Faculty from humanities, history, and the natural sciences lead
two-week learning modules in their respective disciplines. Each
module reflects methodologies appropriate to the particular
discipline and offers in-depth learning and reflective opportunities
for non-majors. Modules include independent and collaborative
reading, analytical writing, and problem-solving assignments as well
as on-campus class meetings.
During the intensive, week-long residential program at The Nature
Conservancy’s Garden Creek Preserve in Hells Canyon, days begin
early with a simple, nutritious breakfast and observation (sun
rising, river flowing, wild turkeys leaving their roosts and mating,
etc.). Mornings usually include classroom instruction or field
trips led by either the academic or non-academic faculty.
Afternoons include guided field trips, independent research,
reading, and hiking. Evenings include faculty- or student-led
discussions, films, reading, a student-led drum circle, and
impromptu parlor games.
As a capstone for the experience, students develop a
faculty-mentored research project and conduct research during their
Canyon residency. Back on campus, they complete their research.
The research projects have produced elementary and high school
teaching units, videos, botanical specimens, a collection of poetry,
a collection of watercolors, a virtual flythrough of the Canyon
geology, and several posters/brochures which the Hells Canyon
Institute can use in the future. Students present their research for
a campus and community audience at the LCSC Research Symposium.
FREQUENTLY HEARD COMMENTS: “Be open-minded, responsible, and
respectful, and it will be one of your best college courses.” “One
of the best courses I’ve ever taken.” “It can be a life-changing
SUCCESS FOR FORMER HCI STUDENTS:
Loren Landrus (HCI 2009) presented
his HCI project, a short story about a Chinese miner, as part of his
graduate school application and was accepted into University of
Idaho’s MFA in Creative Writing program with a teaching
Jennifer Watkins (HCI 2010) landed a fulltime summer
job with HCNRA’s Clarkston Office as a result of her meeting with
Forest Service representatives during their presentation at Garden
Ross Carlton (HCI 2009) coordinated a Hells Canyon trip for
the International Programs Office.
Jonelle McCoy (HCI 2009) is the
first ASLCSC president to promote a campus-wide sustainability
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