Dr Andy Bunn
This fall I worked as a Mountain School Instructor at the North Cascades Institute, a nonprofit
organization with an Environmental Learning Center near Lake Diablo. The season began in late August
and ran through mid-December. The responsibilities as a mountain school instructor include designing
and delivering lessons about natural and cultural history, interconnectedness, social emotional learning,
art, and natural science topics including fluvial/alluvial valleys, watersheds, decomposition, web of life,
geology, and stream ecology. This season had unforeseen challenges due to an extremely long wildfire
season with fires near the Environmental Learning Center. As a result, I was not able to teach as many
sessions of mountain school as I was expecting. My team and I ran the first overnight Mountain School
program since March 2020 and tested out new curriculum. This season was about overcoming challenges,
working with my team, problem solving, and making the most out of the experience when students were
able to safely come up to our campus.
McFarland, Ellysen, "North Cascades Institute Internship" (2022). College of the Environment Internship Reports. 91.
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