Meet Landscape & Livelihood 2018!

We're always impressed with the group of students our programs attract from across the country; get to know our latest class of L&L and what brought them to the Swan!

 LILY

LILY

Name: Lily Lang

School (Major) / Work: Junior at the University of Montana-Davidson Honors College: Studying Resource Conservation with a minor in Wildfire Sciences and Management

Where are you from?: Darby, MT

What attracted you to this program?: I am very passionate about Montana and being outside. Also the community aspect of the program is a large reason I chose this field study program.

What are you most excited about learning?: I am excited about the Forest and Communities portion of the program and learning the different perspectives on sustainable forestry along with learning the community's concerns on wildfire and the issue it has become.

How do you hope to apply what you learn here to whatever goals you have after finishing school/this program?: I hope to bring new ideas and insights back to University and to wherever life takes me.

What's a fun fact about you?: I am a wildland firefighter during the summer months.


 MATT

MATT

Name: Matthew Cvitkovich

School (Major) / Work: University of Montana (bachelor of arts in environmental studies and bachelor of science in resource conservation with a minor in wilderness studies and psychology). Working and learning from Mike Stevenson how to build sustainable homes and work with wood.

Where are you from? The Northeast

What attracted you to this program? Since I arrived to Montana I’ve always wanted to create a deeper relationship with The Swan, and the people who call it home. This program seemed like it would provide some valuable perspective on the place while enabling me to finish up my undergrad.

What are you most excited about learning? I look forward to learning from the perspective of the people, animals and plants that live here.

How do you hope to apply what you learn here to whatever goals you have after finishing school/this program? Whether it be work or play, everything I hope to learn in The Swan would be exceptionally relevant to life after the program.

What’s a fun fact about you? I think smiles are pretty neat and I like to play chess.

 


 IZZY

IZZY

Name: Izzy Mason

School(Major)/Work: UC Berkeley (Sustainable Agriculture and Education) / Urban Gardening Youth Educator

Where are you from?: Northern California

What attracted you to this program?: I came here to immerse myself in a community where folks are primarily self-sustaining and have unique cultural food systems.

What are you most excited about learning?: I couldn't even guess what I'll end up most excited about having learned here! I'm sure it'll be a surprise.

How do you hope to apply what you learn here to whatever goals you have after finishing school/this program?: Upon leaving Montana I hope to bring the perspectives of rural constituents back home, and to utilize some of their sustainable farming methods in my classroom. Beyond that, simply living in this magical landscape will take some space in my spirit for a long, long time.

What's a fun fact about you?: I once successfully herded ten campers down a mountain in a thunderstorm (while carrying eight sleeping bags and three packs).


 ANGELA

ANGELA

Name: Angela Malliaras

School (Major): Boise State, Bio major with Geospatial Info Analysis minor

What attracted you to this program?: I heard about it from my advisor at Boise State and a student who had already done it from Boise and apparently loved it. I then attended a meeting about the program on my campus that explained a little more in depth about the program and it sounded really exciting, so I decided to go for it.

What are you most excited about learning?: I'm really excited to learn how to track wildlife and learn what their natural behaviors/ how to tell based on signs they leave. I also am super interested in hearing the stories people have to tell about the Swan, including how people live here all year and what their day-to-day looks like.

How do you hope to apply what you learn here to whatever goals you have after finishing school/this program?: I hope I can apply these skills to future jobs and opportunities that come my way so I can build upon these skills and branch out even further into other topics or realms I didn't think I would be venturing in. I wish to make better decisions and be more informed as someone who cares for the natural world, and I hope I can see the current issues we have today through multiple lenses in order to make informed opinions and actions.

What's a fun fact about you?: I have always been intrigued by large cats- tigers, lions, jaguars, mountain lions- and I hope that in the future I can be apart of projects working towards understanding their behaviors in order to best support them in their habitats.

 


 JACK

JACK

Name: Jack Goldman

School (Major) / Work: Currently at the University of Vermont studying Environmental Science with a concentration in watershed dynamics and a minor in geospatial technologies. I am also a research assistant for a silviculture lab and a Watershed Educator for the Lake Champlain Sea Grant program.

Where are you from?: Westchester, NY

What attracted you to this program?: The classes and experiential learning aspect.

What are you most excited about learning?: How interconnected everything is in our ecosystem.

How do you hope to apply what you learn here to whatever goals you have after finishing school/this program?: I hope to have a broad sense of the west coast’s application of conservation management. Living and studying on the east coast, I hope to be able to compare and contrast both regions’ ideas about conservation

What's a fun fact about you?: I took a train from New York and toured to Condon on my bike from Whitefish. I had a couple bike problems on the way and met some interesting people but still made it in one piece :).


 SARAH

SARAH

Name: Sarah Fisher

School (Major) / Work: Youth Services Coordinator, Glouster Public Library

Where are you from?: Amesville, Ohio

What attracted you to this program?: The emphasis on carnivore monitoring and tracking as well as the community engagement.

What are you most excited about learning?: The similarities and differences between Condon and Amesville, small entrepreneurial stories and the perspectives of kids growing up here... And more on how to track with canine companions.

How do you hope to apply what you learn here to whatever goals you have after finishing school/this program? : I have intentions of sharing some celebrations with the folks at our library, staying in touch through citizen science projects and possible long distance collaborations.

What's a fun fact about you? : I live in the girls bathroom of the old elementary school -turned community resource for entrepreneurs- in Amesville.


 ANNA

ANNA

Name: Anna Gibson

School(Major)/Work: Northland College; majors - Natural Resources emphasis in Ecological Restoration and Sustainable Community Development

Where are you from?: I grew up in southeastern Louisiana but now live in Northen Wisconsin.

What attracted you to this program?: I was attracted to this program because of the opportunities to learn about the complexities of an ecosystem through a lens that allows you to better understand how species interact in their natural environment, which I feel would be difficult to truly attain through text.

What are you most excited about learning?: I am most excited to learn about the various species in the area and how to track large mammals as well as meet the unique communities and instructors that sustain themselves in this rural setting.

How do you hope to apply what you learn here to whatever goals you have after finishing school/this program?: I am hoping to apply what I learn in this program to future conservation projects by developing more questions to prompt discussions on how people and wildlife can coexist in a sustainable way -- specifically, I am interested in addressing issues relating to the disappearing wetlands in Louisiana, as well as how with growing populations in rural communities of northern Wisconsin can develop into communities with a healthy human-nature interface.

What's a fun fact about you?: I am certified by the USFS to fell and buck trees up to 12in DBH.


 ADDISON

ADDISON

Name: Addison Doporto

School(Major)/Work: University of California Santa Cruz, Double Majoring in Environmental Studies and Politics

Where are you from?: Walnut Creek CA

What attracted you to this program?: I knew I wanted to escape California this year and further my college experience by studying abroad. Montana may not necessarily be "abroad" but to me Montana was the perfect adventure I was looking for. An opportunity to learn about conservation and sustainability in the wilderness was an opportunity I could not pass up.

What are you most excited about learning?: I am most excited to be learning about alternative views of conservation.

How do you hope to apply what you learn here to whatever goals you have after finishing school/this program?: I hope to use what I learn here to further my environmental studies and politics degree and bring new ideas to the table in California regarding conservation, policy, and sustainable living.

What's a fun fact about you?: I played basketball for 13 years!


 HARRISON

HARRISON

School (Major) / Work: University of Montana, Environmental studies

Where are you from?: Memphis, TN

What attracted you to this program?: I think the experiential learning aspect of the program suits my learning style better than the traditional classroom setting. I also was attracted to the place-based learning in a place close to where I live.

What are you most excited about learning?: I’m most excited about learning the natural history of this place as well as listening to stories from community members. The few I’ve heard so far have been quite entertaining.

How do you hope to apply what you learn here to whatever goals you have after finishing school/this program?: I hope to carry an open mind about people and their beliefs in general after meeting people that live such lives than us students.

What's a fun fact about you?: I am in an Oscar award winning documentary called “Undefeated.” Is it like 2 seconds? Maybe. Is it still a strong supporting role? Yours to decide.