Come join us for a truly unique learning experience on Cortes Island! The Cortes Island Academy offers experiential, place- and project-based education featuring 24 possible credits in Science, English, Socials, Outdoor Education, Leadership, and Careers over the 5 months from September 2023 to January 2024.
The Forest Ecology Semester will feature:
Deep ecology, citizen science, and local exploration: Students will hike the forests of Cortes Island, adventure along the intertidal zone in kayaks, and become familiar with the flora and fauna that make up the diverse ecosystems of Cortes Island. On the way, local scientists from Hakai Institute, UBC Mother Tree Project, and local knowledge holders will share their knowledge and skills and help the students participate in ongoing citizen science efforts to catalog species and assess the health of the ecosystems.
Dr. Suzanne Simard and the Mother Tree Network: Students will get to work with Dr. Simard, Dr. Briony Penn, and the Mother Tree Project as part of a unique new opportunity to explore Cortes Island’s Mother Trees, learn how trees communicate through soil, and study the actual carbon sequestration of our forests. They will also learn about the Cortes Community Forest Partnership and what it looks like for the Indigenous and settler communities to come together to manage forestry practices where ecological sustainability and forest health are part of the management goals.
Communication projects that matter: Students receive their English credits through a deeper inquiry into the history of journalism and truth-based storytelling with Pulitzer-prize nominated, Indiginous, and local journalists and through the creation of podcasts and other audio-visual forms of storytelling.
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