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Sharing the Land

Sharing the Land is a field-based geoscience education program working with tribes in Southern California and in the Midwest. The program has the dual goals of increasing on-reservation expertise in the earth and environmental sciences, and of developing a better understanding of how to integrate culturally-held, indigenous, scientific earth science knowledge into the teaching of the earth sciences for American Indian communities nationwide. It has three major parts:

  • Science Explorers Clubs: The Science Explorers Clubs are designed for younger children and are on-reservation outdoor science programs that focus on learning to understand and enjoy the connections between the environment, culture, and science.
  • Young Native Scholars (YNS): YNS is a high school to college summer and year-round bridge program operated in collaboration with Intertribal Youth, a non-profit, Native-run educational organization. Students become well-prepared for college science and aware of the earth sciences as an important career option.
  • Tribal Environmental Internships: Our high school and college programs are augmented by project-supported real work experience in tribal environmental management offices on their home reservations for participating students.