Ethnobotany

/drumbeats/images/ebot/Ethnobot-FullColor.jpgThe Ethnobotany 17-credit Occupational Endorsement Certificate and Minor program is the first such program in this state and only one of a handful that are currently being offered in the entire United States. Ethnobotany (EBOT) is integral to life in Alaska because it recognizes cultural knowledge and deepens our connection with the expansive and exceptional natural world at our doorstep.

Ethnobotany is the study of the relationship between humans and plants. Students enrolled in the EBOT program will learn about basic plant biology & floral ecology of Alaska, ethnobotanical research methods, ethical wildcrafting, traditional and new uses of Alaska native plants, economic applications of Ethnobotany and how to work in an interdisciplinary and intercultural setting. Courses are based on Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Western academic knowledge. The EBOT program experience also includes field trips with Elders and plant experts, independent student-led projects, and student exchange opportunities with Hawaiian colleges and universities. These skills will prepare students for employment in wildlife and cultural management agencies, education, and other rural-based jobs, as well as further college milestones such as the Associates and Bachelor of Science degrees.

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