Columbia River Field School

Here is a summer opportunity for RSS students this summer:

Columbia River Field School: Summer 2019

Wildsight is pleased to tell you about our upcoming summer youth program, the Columbia River Field School, August 15-28.
This summer, 16 inspiring Columbia Basin youth will take up paddles and navigate the complex social, economic and natural history of the mighty Columbia River. Traveling by canoe through key sections of the river, participants will learn from local expert voices as varied as the river itself. Along the way they will gain important canoe and camping skills, will earn certifications from the Recreational Canoe Association of BC and will be inspired to engage and help shape the future of the watershed.

This new program, which debuted last summer with great success, is open to youth aged 15-18. The curriculum will explore aspects of the river’s story through geography, ecology, hydrology, technology, economics, politics, history and culture. Guest presenters will include indigenous leaders, local and provincial government officials, scientists, conservationists, writers, artists, adventurers, and other lifelong residents.

To be eligible, youth must live within the Columbia Basin and must be 15-18 years old by August 15th. Applications are now open and are due by May 15th. Students can apply here. The trip cost is $500 (includes food, gear rental, travel, accommodation—everything except travel to the start and end points). Some bursaries are available and can be requested at the time of application.
Please visit our website for more information and check out this one-minute promotional video. Please contact us with any questions via email at or by phone at 250 427 9325 extension 230.

Monica Nissen, Wildsight Education Manager