Tahoma's Biggest Secrets

Mt. Rainier and trees reflected in a lake

Thursday, April 15, 2021
4:30 p.m. PDT




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Brought to you by Huxley College of the Environment in partnership with the WWU Alumni Association

Did you know that Native Americans have traveled to Mount Rainier (Mount Tahoma) for over 9,000 years to gather resources unavailable near their lowland villages? Did you know that the effects of climate change extend far beyond the mountain’s retreating glaciers?

Join Jeff Antonelis-Lapp, Emeritus Faculty at The Evergreen State College, for Tahoma’s Biggest Stories, an image-rich book talk from Tahoma and Its People, his natural history of Mount Rainier National Park, published in 2020 by Washington State University Press. Tahoma and Its People was a finalist in the Banff Mountain Book Competition; learn more at https://jeffantonelis-lapp.com/.

More information about the speaker series is available here.

Jeff Antonelis-Lapp

Jeff Antonelis-Lapp


Jeff Antonelis-Lapp is an Emeritus Faculty at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.

After graduating from Huxley College (B.S. Environmental Education, 1978), Jeff worked two summers at Mount Rainier National Park, igniting a connection to the mountain that endures today. He has summited the mountain, hiked all of its mapped trails, and completed the 93-mile Wonderland Trail five times.

Jeff began writing Tahoma and Its People after being unable to find a current natural history for a course he planned to teach at The Evergreen State College in Olympia. He conducted over 250 days of fieldwork for the book, many of them in the company of park archeologists, biologists, and geologists.

While at Evergreen, he taught Native American Studies, natural history, environmental education, and served as the Library Dean before retiring in 2015.

Upcoming Talks

April 22, 2021
Speaker: Emily Pinckney
Title: TBA

May 6, 2021
Speaker: Steve Hollenhorst, Dean, Huxley College, Western Washington University
Title: Creating a Carbon Conservation Trust Movement

May 13, 2021
Speaker: Hillary Franz, Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands (DNR)
Title: TBA

Questions and Accommodations

Stefan Freelan

Stefan Freelan is the coordinator of the Huxley Speaker Series. Feel free to email stefan@wwu.edu or call (360) 650-2949 if you have any questions or comments.
There will be auto-captions available for this event. To request closed captions, please mark the request on the registration form. Advance notice of three days to one week is appreciated.