February 2022 Newsletter

White perspectives have long dominated the telling of U.S. history, and the country's stories of conservation and relationships with outdoor environments are no exception. As February wraps up, here are a few excellent books to check out and authors to keep reading, all year round.

Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, edited by Camille Dungy, is an award-winning anthology of 180 poems from 93 black poets across generations.

A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and its Assault on the American Mind, by Harriet Washburn, is a powerful reported look at the devastating consequences of environmental racism.

The Book of Delights, by Ross Gay, is a gorgeous collection of short, lyric essays written across one year.

Don't forget that the voices you read, support, and share makes a difference!
Summer Semester | June 16 - July 27, 2022

This month, we're highlighting our Summer Semester, Wild Rockies: Conservation Across Boundaries course! You may have seen information on our website or other WRFI materials including portions of this course that usually take place in parts of Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. Yet last summer, 2021, due to ongoing restrictions and uncertainty surrounding US - Canada border crossings, we explored a new route that kept us in the states. Although the route has changed, the credits earned and academic themes explored remained largely unchanged. And the course was a great success!

Our modified itinerary focuses on Montana's Yellowstone to Yukon region between the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the Crown of the Continent landscape. We begin on foot backpacking in the Snowcrest range, then venture east into Yellowstone National Park. From there we head west to the Rocky Mountain Front and into the Bob Marshall Wilderness, meeting with ranchers, tribal leaders and other community members as we head north to regions in and around Glacier National Park. Finally, the course wraps up with a kayak trip down the Lower Flathead River. While we missed our partners in Canada in 2021, this new route offered many fresh opportunities for partnership, collaboration and learning with new partners around Montana. As uncertainty around border crossing remains ongoing, we're looking forward to running this Montana-based itinerary once again in 2022. Stay tuned for more details on the website soon!

In the meantime, feel free to drop a call to the office for more info or check out some stories straight from the field on the WRFI blog, such as Conservation Across Boundaries 2021 student Sam Eberhard's blog post, The Paradox of the Highlands.
We still have scholarship funds available! Students accepted to our 2022 courses are welcome to apply for the following scholarships:

GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP: A financial need-based scholarship for students on any course. Awards typically amount to 10-15% of course tuition.

BETH MORRIS SCHOLARSHIP: A scholarship for Cycle the Rockies students interested in proposing a media project based on their course experience. Awards range up to $1,500 in course tuition.

JOEL DIBIASE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: A scholarship for Restoration Ecology students, in honor of WRFI alumnus Joel DiBiase.

MATT THOMAS SCHOLARSHIP: A scholarship for Montana Afoot & Afloat students, in honor of WRFI co-founder Matt Thomas. Awards range between $500 and $1,000.

MONTANA RESIDENT TUITION DISCOUNT: Our version of in-state tuition! Montana residents receive an automatic 15% off of any course tuition.

Students must be accepted to a WRFI course before applying for a scholarship. We process scholarship applications on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply, the higher your chances of receiving funding!
Virtual info sessions for spring semester are now underway - free and accessible to anyone, anywhere! These sessions are structured to give those new to WRFI a comprehensive overview of our organization and the specific courses that we offer. At each info session, a 20-minute presentation will be followed by plenty of time for Q&A.We hope to see you there!

Are you a WRFI fan or an alum who loved your WRFI experience? Know someone who might love it too? Thanks for sending the zoom link along!

Register for a Zoom link below:

**Please note that times are listed in Mountain Time**
Can't make it to an info session? We'll also be hosting virtual office hours every other Friday for anyone who wants to pop in for a quick question or casual chat with WRFI staff and alumni. Check out the events calendar on our website for a full schedule of drop-in office hours.
Energy & Climate Change in Montana | June 14 - July 11, 2022

Summer Semester | June 16 - July 27, 2022

In the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem | June 20 - July 10, 2022

ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS *currently full w/ waitlist. Accepting 2023 applications
Climate Change & Visions of a Sustainable Future | July 20 - Aug 9, 2022

Human/Land Relations | Aug 24 - Oct 25, 2022

Desert Canyons & Cultures | Sept 13 - Nov 14, 2022
Have you been feeling dehydrated lately? Or maybe you'd just like a daily reminder of WRFI you can carry everywhere with you. Either way, our WRFI Nalgenes are in stock and ready to go home with you.

In addition to Nalgenes, we have our usual stock of WRFI hats, t-shirts, mugs, and more. Check out our online store for all your WRFI swag needs!
Wild Rockies Field Institute is a 501(c)3 organization. Your gift is fully tax deductible. Our Federal Identification Number is 81-0487425.