Winona Middle School Teacher Joseph Cynor harvests a mushroom with students.

Living off the Land is one of several new electives offered at Winona Middle School thanks to the creativity and collaboration of the teaching staff. The class is all about exposing students to the abundance of possibilities for securing food from their own backyards and public land near them. There is an emphasis on hunting, fishing and gathering. 

The teacher, Joseph Cynor, tapped into his experience of loving the outdoors and living in Alaska, where he was exposed to the Yup’ik subsistence living culture. 

The class includes exploring the areas around the middle school (known as field explorations), guest speakers and more.