Clayoquot Summer

Photography-Writing Institute

Dr. Bruce Haulman - History
Dr. Marianne Jacobs - Anthropology
Carrie Tomberlin - Photography
Jennifer Whetham - Creative Writing


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Photograph and Write In One of the Most Beautiful Places in the World

The spectacular wild west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada
provides an inspiring setting for generating new writing.

♦ Work with local photographers, writers, poets, and First nation storytellers
♦ Paddle the Sound in traditional Nuu-Chah-Nulth canoes
♦ Explore cathedral old growth forests
♦ Walk pristine beaches

Below is information about the Summer Photography-Writing Institute,
about the Organizations that Sponsor the Program,
about the UNESCO Clayoquot Biosphere Reserve,
and about Temperate Rainforest Issues.

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The Clayoquot Sound Summer Writing Institute

During Summer quarter at Green River College, students have the opportunity to study, photograph, and write about one of the last remaining natural environments in the world; the temperate rainforests and marine estuary systems of Clayoquot Sound on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Students prepare for one week of study, photography, and writing in Clayoquot Sound experiencing  the vast waters and forests of the Clayoquot Sound biosphere region.

This course also discusses the historical and current issues affecting the Nuu-Chah-Nulth First People of Clayoquot Sound through their use of story and by on-site experiences.

For more information, contact any of these faculty members:

Dr. Bruce Haulman
253-833-9111 ext 4379

Dr. Marianne Jacobs
253-833-9111 ext 4625

Carrie Tomberlin
253-833-9111 ext 2695

Jennifer Whetham 
253-833-9211 ext 4234

The Photography-Writing Institute Program

Week 1 - Orientation to Clayoquot Sound
Date Day Start Finish    
25-Jun Mon       Summer Term Begins
1-Jul Tue       Orientation Meeting
Week 2 - Introduction to Clayoquot Sound
Date Day Start Finish   Activity
8-Jul Tue       Introduction to Clayoquot Sound
Week 4 - Clayoquot Sound
Date Day Start Finish   Activity
13-Jul Sun 7.30     Travel Day
  7.30     Arrive Port Angeles Ferry Dock 
  10.30     Arrive Victoria 
  12.15     Arrive Duke Point
  5.00     Arrive Tofino Botanic Gardens-- Unpack
  7.00     Orientation
  7.30     Dinner
  8.30     Welcome Ceremony Levi Martin
  9.00     Small Group #1 Presents
14-Jul Mon       Place
  6.30     Beach Walk - Chesterman Beach
  8.00     Breakfast
  9.00     Photography-Writing Time
  10.00     Tofino Scavenger Hunt (Prepared for Canoe Trip!)
  12.00     Lunch in Tofino on Your Own
  12.30     Meares Island Tour
  5.00     Return to TBG
  6.00     Chesterman Beach Dinner
  8.00     Adrian Dorst - Photographer
  9.00     Small Group #2 Presents/ Discussion 
  9.45     Photography-Writing Time
  10.30     Quiet TIme
15-Jul Tue       Creation
  6.30     Low Tide Mud Flat Walk with Josie
  8.00     Breakfast
  9.00     Photography-Writing Time
  10.30     History and Culture
  12.00     Lunch at the Field Station
  1.00     Gallery Walk 
  2.00     Roy Vickers Gallery Structured Writing Time
  3.30     Waterfront Watching
  6.00     Dinner in Tonfino at your own expense
  7.30     Barbara Beasley - Ecologist
  9.00     Small Group #3 Presents
  10.30     Quiet Time
16-Jul Wed       Expression
  6.30     Breakfast
  7.00 10   Birdwalk with Adrian Dorst
  11.00     History and Culture
  12.00     Lunch
  1.00 4   Garden, History and Culture
  6.00     Dinner
  7.30     Joe, Carl, and Giselle Martin-- Native Artists
  9.00     Small Group #4 Presents
  10.30     Quiet Time
17-Jul Thu       Ceremony
  6.30     Dawn Ceremony
  8.00     Breakfast
  9.00     Photography-Writing Time 
  10.00     History and Culture
  11.00     Photography-Writing Time
  12.00     Lunch
  12.00 5   Student Activities by Choice
  6.00     Dinner in Tonfino at your own expense
  7.30     Janice Lore and Chris Louther - Poets
  9.00     Small Group #5 Presentation
  10.30     Quiet Time
18-Jul Fri       Oral Traditions
  6.30     Tide pools with Josie
  8.00     Breakfast
  9.00     Oral History/ Ethnographic Research
  9.30 11:30   Tofino Oral Projects
  11.30     Lunch
  0.52     Uculete Oral Projects
  3.00     Discussion of Oral Stories
  4.00     Photography-Writing Time
  6.00     Dinner
  7.30     David Pitt-Brooke- Writer
  9.00     Small Group #6 Presentation
  10.30     Quiet Time
19-Jul Sat       Spiritual
  6.30     Tonquin Point Walk
  8.00     Breakfast
  9.00     Writing Workshop with Tofino Writer
Photography Workshop with Tofino Photographer
  11.00     CAPSTONE
  12.00     Lunch here (leftovers) or on your own
  6.30     Farewell TRIAD Dinner
  8.00     Joe Martin-- Native Storyteller
  10.30     Quiet Time
20-Jul Sun       Travel Day
  6 on      Breakfast
  8.00     Checkout Deadline 
  3.00     Victoria Ferry
  7.00     Arrive Home
Week 7 - Portfolio Assignment & Conference with Jen
5-Aug Tue       Portfolio & Reflective Essay Assignment
6-Aug         Individual Conferences with Jennifer
Week 8 - Clayoquot Sound Pro-Seminar
12-Aug         Pro-Seminar


Sponsoring Organizations

Green River College

Tofino Botanical Gardens


Clayoquot Biosphere Trust

The Clayoquot Sound Biosphere

Clayoquot Sound

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Clayoquot Sound is a roughly 350,000 hectare area on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, that stretches from Ucluelet north to the Hesquiat Peninsula. This area is noted for its vast, untouched expanse of old-growth forest and was the subject of a lengthy, bitter land-use debate in the early 1990s that resulted in over 800 protesters being arrested in logging road blockades.

Attempting to bring resolution to land use issues in the area, the B.C. government's April 1993 Clayoquot Sound Land Use Decision:
  • increased the land within protected areas from 39,100 ha (15%) to 87,600 ha (33%)
  • decreased the land allocated to general integrated resource management, with timber harvesting as a major use, from 212,400 ha (81%) to 117,400 ha (45%)
  • established special management areas for recreation (3000 ha, or 1%), wildlife (3500 ha, or 1.3%), and scenic corridors (40,000 ha, or 15.2%)

The majority of recommendations made by the Clayoquot Sound Scientific Panel relate to forestry practices on the lands designated for general integrated resource management.

Clayoquot Sound represents a unique and endangered ecosystem. The old growth temperate rainforest ecosystem that dominates this bioregion is on the verge of destruction.

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If you want to find out more about Clayoquot Sound and the issues surrounding the Temperate Rainforests visit Dr. McVay's Clayoquot URL's.

Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
(Information from The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust)

What is a Biosphere Reserve?

Biosphere Reserves are areas of land and marine environments, which are internationally recognized by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation) Man and the Biosphere Program. They are nominated by national governments and must meet a set of criteria before being designated.

Biosphere Reserves have legally-protected core areas (which give long-term protection to landscapes and ecosystems),buffer zones (where activities are organized so they help support the conservation objects of the core areas), and zones of co-operation (where people work together to use the area's resources in a sustainable manner).

Biosphere Reserves promote and demonstrate a balance between people and nature. While Biosphere Reserves are not parks and the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve has no jurisdiction over land-management issues, they do serve to combine the four functions of conservation, sustainable economic development, community health, and support for research, education, and training

Biosphere Reserves form a World Network. Within this Network, exchanges of information, experience and personnel are promoted, in particular among Biosphere Reserves with similar ecosystem types and/or with experience in solving similar conservation and development problems.

Where is the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve?

The Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is situated in the central western region of Vancouver Island in British Columbia and covers an area of about 3,500 square kilometers — approximately the size of Prince Edward Island.

It extends from Esowista Peninsula in the south to just north of Estevan Point. It includes both land and marine areas. The Reserve area totals 350,000 hectares, of which 110,000 are parks and Ecological Reserves.

The Reserve falls within, and is adjacent to, the traditional territory of the Nuu-chah-nulth Central Region First Nations: Hesquiaht, Ahousaht, Tla-o-qui-aht, Ucluelet and Toquaht.

The Reserve encompasses a vast range of ecosystems, including large tracts of temperate rainforest, many lakes, rivers and streams, alpine slopes, inshore marine areas, mudflats and estuaries, and wild coastal beaches.

Core areas of the Reserve include the Long Beach Unit of Pacific Rim National Park reserve and over 95,000 hectares of provincial parks.

When was Clayoquot Sound designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve?

In January 1999, the communities of Clayoquot Sound, in partnership with federal and provincial governments, officially applied through the Canadian Commission for UNESCO to nominate Clayoquot Sound as British Columbia's first international Biosphere Reserve.

On January 21, 2000, after many years of effort by local First Nations and Communities, UNESCO designated the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve.

On May 5, 2000, representatives of First Nations, local governments, the province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada and UNESCO were joined by local residents to officially commemorate the designation of Clayoquot Sound. Then Prime Minister Jean Chrétien was in attendance to announce a $12 million endowment fund for the Biosphere Reserve, known as the Canada Fund.



© Bruce E. Haulman 2010