Presentation Abstract

The Redfish School of Change is a non-profit program designed for people who want to lead the way in creating ecological sustainability and social equity in their communities. Each student enters the program with a proposed Community Action Project (CAP) that they develop during the course of our unique field experience, and then work to implement after the program is over. As a participant in this intensive field school, participants kayak, cycle and hike through coastal communities in British Columbia and Washington State. They visit innovative sites and engage with experts in the field of environment and social justice. They explore the wilderness of Vancouver Island, and witness the unique ecology of the Salish Sea as they visit its diverse communities. They help complete service projects in the San Juan and Southern Gulf Islands and the communities of the Saanich Peninsula and Southern Vancouver Island. They learn critical skills for creating positive change, putting them into practice during and after the program. All the while, students use an inquiry process that engages them in asking deep questions of the communities they are travelling through and visiting. These are displayed on Storymaps, a GIS software, that allows them to use a ethnographic and mixed media process for knowledge mobilization. This presentation will describe the participatory story mapping projects engaged in by three seasons of students. The Redfish School of Change grew out of a shared passion for social and environmental change and experiential education as well as a strong belief in the capacity of young people to lead. A partnership between GreenLearning Canada , the University of Victoria School of Environmental Studies , Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment , and The Center for Canadian American Studies formed to make this unique program possible.

Session Title

Communication Tools to Accelerate Success

Keywords

Experiential education, Field school, International education

Conference Track

SSE6: Communication

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE6-24

Start Date

6-4-2018 2:30 PM

End Date

6-4-2018 2:45 PM

Type of Presentation

Oral

Contributing Repository

Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

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This resource is displayed for educational purposes only and may be subject to U.S. and international copyright laws. For more information about rights or obtaining copies of this resource, please contact University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98225-9103, USA (360-650-7534; heritage.resources@wwu.edu) and refer to the collection name and identifier. Any materials cited must be attributed to the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference Records, University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

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Language

English

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Redfish School of Change: an International field school focused on socioecological movements in the Salish Sea

The Redfish School of Change is a non-profit program designed for people who want to lead the way in creating ecological sustainability and social equity in their communities. Each student enters the program with a proposed Community Action Project (CAP) that they develop during the course of our unique field experience, and then work to implement after the program is over. As a participant in this intensive field school, participants kayak, cycle and hike through coastal communities in British Columbia and Washington State. They visit innovative sites and engage with experts in the field of environment and social justice. They explore the wilderness of Vancouver Island, and witness the unique ecology of the Salish Sea as they visit its diverse communities. They help complete service projects in the San Juan and Southern Gulf Islands and the communities of the Saanich Peninsula and Southern Vancouver Island. They learn critical skills for creating positive change, putting them into practice during and after the program. All the while, students use an inquiry process that engages them in asking deep questions of the communities they are travelling through and visiting. These are displayed on Storymaps, a GIS software, that allows them to use a ethnographic and mixed media process for knowledge mobilization. This presentation will describe the participatory story mapping projects engaged in by three seasons of students. The Redfish School of Change grew out of a shared passion for social and environmental change and experiential education as well as a strong belief in the capacity of young people to lead. A partnership between GreenLearning Canada , the University of Victoria School of Environmental Studies , Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment , and The Center for Canadian American Studies formed to make this unique program possible.