Community Involvement

Volunteer Opportunities & Grassroots Projects

Professional Landscape Architects and landscape designers provide valuable expertise and services for a wide variety of clients and projects. As a local chapter of the ASLA our membership is often asked to provide assistance with volunteer and grassroots efforts. If you or your organization are interested in collaborating with the ASLA Alaska Chapter and it's members please get in touch with us and describe your project by submitting this simple Google Form. Interested individuals and organizations are also welcome to reach us with questions via the 'contact' icon at the top right of our webpage.

The Alaska Chapter ASLA is particularly interested in connecting with educators and students as part of its focus on Student Outreach. For a background or for previous project examples please have a look at our Student Outreach Program: 

Alaska Chapter Student Outreach Program Alaska Chapter Student Outreach Program (2855 KB)

The Alaska Chapter and it's members share a commitment to improving our communities and environment and in so doing would like to hear about your projects.


Clark Middle School Student Outreach

A significant education and outreach effort by ASLA Alaska Chapter members Chad Taylor and Kevin Doniere has recently been completed and deserves special attention. Chad and Kevin have developed and executed a year long Landscape Architecture based curriculum for 7th grade students at Clark Middle School in Mountain View. The tandem worked in conjunction with Holly Spoth-Torres and Suzanne Little at Anchorage Parks & Recreation Dept., and Cessilye Willams (principal) and Heather McIntyre (teacher) at Clark Middle School to develop a strategy and engage the students in what amounted to a 'shovel ready' redesign of William B. Lyons Park in Anchorage. The student efforts have been recognized with ~$400,000 in approved funds to realize the vision put to paper by the students with direction provided by Chad, Kevin, Holly and Suzanne.

Highlights:

 Multimedia presentation created by the students exploring the William B. Lyons Park Improvements and student concepts

Marc Lester from the Anchorage Daily News covered the story as a photo-essay on May 4, 2011

Summary of William B. Lyons Park Improvements approved by the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Commission 

Reaction:

 "...a demonstration of making learning relevant to our students' lives! Thanks to everyone involved." - Carol Comeau

"This is absolutely Fabulous! Thank you for everything... For taking upon the challenge to help bring a vision to reality for students and the community. You do not know the magnitude of empowering students with skills to change their communities. Thank you so much for extending your services and expertise with my students and staff.  I would also like to thank Marc Lester for featuring such an outstanding project in the Anchorage Daily News. This is amazing and greatly appreciated." -Cessilye Williams



Common Space Professional Design Award

Chad Taylor of Intrinsic Landscapes submitted a winning entry in the International Gallery of Contemporary Art's Common Space Project. The professional category proposal entitled "Roadside Attractions" can be seen as a two-dimensional submittal as well as a motion picture release. The proposed installation patiently awaits funding. Congratulations on the award-winning submittal.



GDW on KSKA's "Hometown, Alaska"

Thanks to Kathleen McCoy of "Hometown, Alaska" for facilitating a discussion about Landscape Architecture on May 25, 2011 on KSKA with Dwayne Adams, FASLA and Elise Huggins, FASLA. Kathleen participated in April's Garden Design Workshop (GDW) hosted by the Alaska Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects.  

The Garden Design Workshop is an event put on by ASLA member volunteers each April as part of National Landscape Architecture Month (NLAM) as an outreach effort and scholarship fundraiser. The workshop provides participants with a personalized design plan for their outdoor space and is the product of one-on-one work sessions with a professional landscape architect.

The response from listeners of "Hometown, Alaska" has been well received and people interested in signing up for next year's Garden Design Workshop are asked to submit their basic information (name, email &/or phone) using the 'contact' icon in the upper right corner of the webpage, if you already have not done so. Your information will be added to a list of interested parties to be contacted for next April's GDW. Details of the next workshop will be made available early in 2012, giving folks plenty of time to consider their setting and get motivated for next spring. Thank you for your interest and for listening to KSKA.