The Ethnobotany Project
Supported by a University Corporation Faculty Incentive Grant, in partnership with the Los Arboles Middle School and Environmental Studies students, this project was designed to support students in an elective course to learn about ethnobotany, students' own cultures related to plants, and to consider gardens that will promote cultural inclusion and connection to nature in the Los Arboles school campus. The theme for this research has been generated over the past year in partnership with community arts organizations and teachers who are interested in connecting children to cultural knowledge about plants, and was applied in a context where youth have agency to conduct research and make physical improvements in their school. Students interviewed family members, made Amate bark paintings, drew their ideal landscapes, tasted foods from around the world, and in the end. . . designed a chicken coop!