Summer Field School Opportunity

Wildsight is offering a unique summer field school opportunity for high school students.

Columbia River Field School is a canoe trip and learning adventure for students aged 15-18. Sixteen participants will paddle key sections of the Canadian side of the Columbia River and camp along its riverbank, while learning about the watershed’s past, present and future.

Spanning 15 days, field school students meet with a diverse group of guest speakers including government officials, Indigenous knowledge holders, scientists, artists, and adventurers. They earn Lakewater Level 1 and Canoe Tripping Paddler certifications, and gain important outdoor skills like reading maps, packing, cooking, setting up camp and leave no trace practices. But most importantly, students gain an appreciation for this watershed and the intricate role we all play in its protection.

Past participants, hailing from 16 communities across the Columbia Basin, have gone on to speak at conferences, publish original writing, participate in youth summits, and become local leaders in their own communities. Many alumni are now pursuing careers in environmental science/studies, outdoor education and other conservation-related fields.

This year’s field school runs June 30-July 14. Applications are due by May 15th, but will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please encourage youth to apply for this summer opportunity. Learn more at


Graeme Lee Rowlands,Columbia River Field School