People of the Big River Field Class

Eleven Heritage students and students from White Swan High School in the Mt. Adams High School District are traveling across eastern Washington, central Oregon and northern Idaho on a 14-day academic field experience.  The course, People of the Big River connects the scholars with tribal elders, scientists, and natural resource managers for a unique study that blends Western science with traditional ecosystem knowledge.

This project, in partnership with the Yakama Nation Department of Natural Resources, US Forest Service, and Heritage University’s Center for Native Health and Culture, is taking students to the following land sites:

  • Heritage University, Toppenish, WA
  • Deschutes National Forest, Bend, OR
  • Celilo Village, OR
  • Wellpinit, WA
  • Coeur D’Alene, ID


Stay tuned to follow these students and their work as they blog about their experiences and observations.

  • Heritage University Students
  • White Swan High School in the Mt. Adams School District Students
  • Faculty and Teachers