Field Stations is an immersive integrative studies workshop examining ecologically-critical places facing rapid change. The Wright-Ingraham Institute invites early career candidates and graduate students from all fields and cultural backgrounds to join us this summer in the San Juan River Basin (Southwestern United States). Workshop participants will gain new perspectives and field research experience, adapting knowledge of natural systems to our evolving environment while learning basic principles of sustainability and environmental regeneration.
Field Stations is focused on understanding the connectivity of natural and cultural systems. Participants work collaboratively to synthesize and contribute insights gathered during the workshop to inquiries into environmental resilience, regeneration, and sustainability.
Integrative studies is a pedagogical method that emphasizes cross-disciplinary systems thinking. By bringing diverse viewpoints and practitioners together, we can examine connectedness and build on the proposition that we (humans) are fully a part of nature. Understanding this degree of connectedness is critical to successfully resolving challenging environmental and social issues in our rapidly changing world.
The integrative studies model incorporates emerging understandings of natural systems, new theories of rural and urban settlements, and in-field observations by participants. It encourages lively exchanges of ideas throughout the workshop experience.
In 2019, the Wright-Ingraham Institute hosted a Field Stations workshop in Bogotá, Medellín, and the Middle Magdalena River Valley, Colombia. 2019 marked an important rekindling of the Wright-Ingraham Institute’s educational work. Ten students from six different countries, working with a mix of core faculty and visiting specialists, engaged in a co-learning environment to advance this experimental vision of education. 2019 participant work samples are found here:
The Southwest United States continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team is creating a summer 2021 COVID-19 fieldwork protocol that will implement best practices as advised by local health authorities as the public health situation in the United States evolves.
The Wright-Ingraham Institute (WII) is a research and grant-making organization with roots in the state of Colorado. Although we are not currently based in one specific territory, we will host the 2021 Field Stations program in and around Durango, Colorado, the ancestral homes and territories of the Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ (Ute Nation), Apache, the Pueblos, Hopi, Zuni, and the Diné (Navajo) Nation. We find it important to acknowledge these original People’s traditional and ancestral homelands. The WII recognizes the need for continuous Indigenous stewardship of these lands in order to honor multiple perspectives on landscape, culture and science. We also recognize the many Indigenous contributions to architecture, art, science, engineering, mathematics and land stewardship in the Southwest region of the San Juan Mountains.
In recognition of the responsibility that comes with a land acknowledgment, we look forward to ongoing and collaborative dialogue about the impacts of settler colonialism on the Indigenous Nations of the Southwest during fieldwork in 2021.