Humanities Division

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Hells Canyon Institute 2019 Application and Information

Hells Canyon Institute 2019

You are invited to apply for a special session of ID 301A “Wilderness Seminar: Hells Canyon Institute” to be offered Spring 2019. This course meets the upper division integrated seminar/core requirement.

This intensive, field-based course requires on-campus classes, a week-long Field School during spring break at Garden Creek Ranch in Hells Canyon, and a mentored research project presented publicly at the end of the semester. The course provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of a unique natural environment in our region. Faculty from natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities will lead students in exploring the value-laden aspects of their disciplines within the context of a study of Hells Canyon. Guest speakers will also visit the Field School to discuss additional perspectives (e.g., botany, history, archaeology, recreation, preservation). This course is writing-integrated and fulfills the upper-division ID 300/301 core requirement. It may also be used as an elective course or to satisfy a requirement for the Environmental Studies minor.

Students must be eligible to take an upper-division core course, complete an application (attached), and be invited by the Screening Committee to enroll in the class. Students should be in good health and capable of easy to moderate outdoor activities. Students must be able to be on-site at the Field School for 100% of the time (Sunday through Saturday of Spring Break 2019).

Late October-November 5: Apply for the class.
November 12-15: If you are accepted into the class, register for ID 301A. You will need a drop-add form to do this.
December: you will receive an email with some basic information about the class
January: you will receive a draft syllabus for the class and an introductory activity to be completed by the first class in January
January to end of March: on-campus meetings for lectures, discussion, and field trips.
Spring Break 2019: You will live and study in the Canyon for seven days and six nights. We will go in on Sunday morning, March 24, and arrive back in Lewiston in the early afternoon on Saturday, March 30.
After spring break: complete work on final project and present at the annual Research Symposium in early May.

Garden Creek is located on the Idaho side of the Snake River about one hour by road and 30 minutes by jet boat south of Lewiston. The site is an old ranch now owned by the Nature Conservancy and operated by Justin Luther, who owns Snake River Adventures Outfitters. The site consists of a main house (the old ranch house), a lower log cabin, upper log cabin, a large barn now converted into space that we use as a classroom, several additional outbuildings, and acres and acres of wild land. Electricity is generated on site. Near the buildings is a large fruit orchard that attracts many deer and wild turkeys. It is possible to see cougar, bear, bighorn sheep, elk, eagles, and other wildlife here.

At Garden Creek there are comfortable bedrooms in the Main House and in the Lower Cabin. Almost all of the bedrooms will be on the second floor. You will share a room with other students of the same sex. You will also share a bathroom with several other students. Bedding will be provided, but you must bring your own towel. You also have the option of sleeping on the screened front porch where there are beds, but for this option you have to bring your own sleeping bag.

You will have three great meals a day, all served buffet style. You will have a chance to notify us of any dietary restrictions and to participate in meal planning if you want to.

COSTS: $100 course fee. The fee will be billed with your spring tuition. If you receive financial aid it will be applied to the course fee. Otherwise, your tuition and fees will be due according the academic calendar (late fees are posted Jan. 14.) If you have questions about the course fee, please contact Marlowe Daly-Galeano (contact information given below.)
For full-time students all other costs are covered by generous grants from The DeVlieg Foundation, the Lightfoot Foundation, an LCSC Institutional Development Grant, support from the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Math and Natural Sciences Divisions, as well as other sources. There is not a required textbook.

Applications received by November 3, will receive “priority” consideration, and the screening committee appreciates applications that are submitted early.
Applications will continue to be accepted and considered after November 5 until all spaces have been filled.
If you are selected to participate, you will need the signature of the instructor to register for this course.

Humanities Division Secretary
in Thomas Jefferson Hall room 007.

For more information, contact Marlowe Daly-Galeano: