August 15-22 2015
Join us for a summer camp experience for indigenous youth focused on land skills and environmental stewardship, using both traditional ecological knowledge and environmental science.
Now in its fifth year, the Native Earth Environmental Youth Camp brings together Native American high school students from an array of indigenous nations of the northeast to explore the intersection between traditional ecological knowledge and environmental science. The program brings together indigenous environmental stewardship philosophy and the tools of western science, taught by Native elders, teachers and environmental professionals through wilderness field experience, traditional instruction, cultural and scientific activities. The SUNY-ESF Cranberry Lake Biological Station in the Adirondacks and the Thompson Island Youth and Elders Camp at Akwesasne provide the facilities for a ten-day experience of learning, teaching and sharing.
Native Earth is the product of an ongoing collaboration between the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment and the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force, with funding from the National Science Foundation and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.
The program includes a wide range of educational activities from traditional cultural teachings by respected elders and teachers to hands-on aquatic ecology with SUNY-ESF scientists. Students are immersed in experiential learning of science and culture. Examples of program activities include study of the ecology of culturally significant plants, coupled with a workshop on traditional basket making, learning about wetland ecology while practicing traditional arts of cattail cordage. Students gain experience with scientific tools such as ecological inventory, saquatic sampling and soil analysis. Career exploration and college preparation are emphasized in seminar presentations, through interviews with tribal environmental professionals and a visit to the SUNY-ESF campus. The camp is organized around the integrative theme of the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address, which is a cultural touchstone and also a model for identification and valuation of ecosystem services.
The camp is open to Native American youth in grades 9-11 throughout the Northeast and Great Lakes regions.
Application and Information
Printable application and details (PDF)
- FAX: 315 470 6934
Dr. Robin Kimmerer
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210
Neil Patterson Jr.
315 470 6870
Peoples Climate March in NYC, September 21, 2014
New York City - Two busloads of Haudenosaunee left Onondaga early Sunday morning to participate in the Peoples Climate March in New York City. When we got there, we were greeted by other Haudenosaunee that came from other Haudenosaunee communities. The Indigenous Peoples from all across the Nation were to lead the peaceful march against climate change marching through the streets of lower Manhattan, marching on wall street to the doors of the U.N. where leaders from the Nations all over the world will convene to discuss what to do about Global climate change.
There were people from all walks of life. There was close to 400,000 people that participated in the march. This was the biggest protest on climate change ever to go along with the summer of 2014 being the hottest summer on record. At the same time, there were over 2000 protest marches against global climate change in over 200 countries. The message was clear, we spoke as one people with one voice and we want all the world leaders to know; “It is too late for talking, we need action now, the future generations depend on it”. Another message heard loud and clear from the people; “We need to end our use of fossil fuels now, and switch to alternative energies”.
There was a youth contingent lined up after the Indigenous peoples because it is their future at stake here if we do nothing about global climate change. Followed by them were people impacted by global climate change, Islands in the pacific under water, victims of natural disaster storms like Katrina, then followed by elders, labor groups, environmental organizations, and so on.
The Haudenosaunee have a message from the creator that was passed to them from the four messengers and passed on to generation to generation. We are to take care of our environment we live in and make sure the natural resources he put her on mother earth to sustain life were to continue for the future generations. These were the first instructions he gave to the Onkwehonwe (Native People). If we don’t follow these instructions, there will be big changes on mother earth that no one will be able to control like strong winds, floods, droughts and wild fires. Our creator warned us this will happen and we are seeing this happen today.