Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center (MHIC) welcomed two new summer interns, Madelyn Peterson and Erik Anderson. The interns are students in the Environmental Studies program at Whitman College [link] in Walla Walla, Washington. Whitman College has worked in partnership with various Wallowa County organizations over the years, and Whitman students often come to Wallowa County to learn about land and resource use in the region. MHIC’s college interns help to expand the center’s summer hours and support our MHIC’s community outreach. The Whitman in the Wallowas program which promotes the study of environmental ecology and politics in Wallowa County, includes an afternoon at Maxville touring the site and in the Interpretive Center.2012 Interns:
Madelyn Peterson is a senior Environmental Studies and Politics combined major at Whitman College. Madelyn is from Palmer, Alaska and grew up fishing for salmon, harvesting huckleberries and currants, hiking, skiing, and camping in Alaskan backcountry. She now lives in Beaverton, Oregon with her family.
In the fall of 2010 she traveled with Whitman College’s “Semester in the West,” an interdisciplinary environmentalstudies program in the American West, where she spent several weeks in Wallowa County to meet with local ranchers, Forest Service employees, and community leaders.
Erik Anderson is an Environmental Humanities major from Buckley, Washington where he grew up hiking up logging roads at the foothills of Mt. Rainier. This summer Erik stuied with the “Whitman in Wallowas” summer program, an intensive month-long environmentalstudies program in Wallowa County to study community-based conservation, field science, and environmental writing