The 2015 Summer Community OutReach Excursions (SCORE) trips have drawn to a close after a week of service learning, educational sessions, and activities around Walla Walla. This pre-orientation program has given 22 incoming students and 12 student leaders the opportunity to explore Walla Walla by working with and learning from community partners that range from the YWCA to the Downtown Farmers Market, from the Mill Creek Rangers to Habitat for Humanity. We worked with over 50 community partners to make the four trips (Community & Identity, Food & Hunger, Housing & Homelessness, Environmental Justice & Sustainability) happen, and we are deeply grateful to them.\
Here is a day in the life of one of the trips:
The Environmental Justice & Sustainability SCORE visited the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. They met with Wenix Red Elk to learn about the Department of Natural Resources and their ongoing efforts to conserve the First Foods (water, deer, salmon, roots, huckleberries).
After hearing about the cultural significance of the First Foods, and some of the threats to their continued existence, the students visited the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, where they had the opportunity to see some of the tools used to hunt and harvest those foods.
They finished the day with an afternoon of work at the Tribal Native Plants Nursery, an organization dedicated to recreating original, sustainable ecosystems.
Four hands are better than two!
All of the trips has full days, but we ended smiling at Re-SCOREientation, thanks to the enthusiasm of the Whitman Student Engagement Center, our community partners, the participants, and our wonderful leaders.