Each school will recruit locally and nationally for a cohort of 10 to 15 students of varying backgrounds and experience for each field season. Whenever possible, the student group should include representatives of the communities being served and should be diverse in ways that represent those communities.
The field school will train students in historic building, cultural landscape, and ethnographic documentation, employing both traditional documentation methods (including measured drawings, field notes, photographs, and oral histories) and selected advanced digital documentation technologies (such as LIDAR, photogrammetry, drone, etc.).
The learning objectives for each field school will include the following:
The field school will produce final deliverable research products (print publication or website, for example) that make the work of the field school publicly accessible within the host communities and beyond. This may include the identification of tangible and intangible historic resources that are candidates for historic designation and/or preservation treatments.
For long-term preservation and accessibility, the documentation of each field school will be submitted to a repository where it will be available online, free of charge, and without copyright restrictions. The repositories might include local and state historical or preservation organizations or where feasible, the Historic American Buildings Survey of the National Park Service.