Confluence Field School for Conservation Groups and Land Managers

September and October 2021
9:00 am

Thank you for your interest! Response has been very positive and we currently filled to capacity and have a wait list. We are exploring options for an additional workshop. Please contact Courtney Yilk at if you would like to be notified if  a second workshop will be held, or have any questions. Thank you.

The Confluence Field School is a series of story-driven virtual experiences designed to elevate Indigenous voices in our understanding of the Columbia River system. These in-depth dialogues with Native elders, leaders, and tradition keepers who share first-person insights into the history of the landscape we share. Participants come away with a richer understanding of sovereignty, cultural resilience and reciprocity. Our Native partners tell us that they too feel enriched and inspired by sharing their stories with a wider audience and for that audience to acknowledge and respect insights passed down from their ancestors. Past programs have included visits with members of the Grand Ronde, Warm Springs, Umatilla, Cowlitz, Yakama and Chinook Tribes.

This year’s Field School is scheduled for September and October and is designed for conservation groups and agency land managers to learn more about Traditional Ecological Knowledge so that they can bring Indigenous lessons to the land. Space is limited. Decisions will be based on geographic diversity and potential impact. In exchange for waiving fees to attend the Confluence Field School, we ask participants to demonstrate how they will share what they have learned with at least 10 of their colleagues.