In our May/June 2011 issue, Sierra magazine featured photographer Ian Shive's Wilderness Diplomacy initiative, which seeks to bridge cultural gaps by sharing images of natural landmarks.
Shive tells us that the program continues to thrive. His book was recently used by Green Village Schools in Helmand Province, Afghanistan (pictured here). Students who might not otherwise be exposed to the wildlife and landscapes of the United States were invited to explore the country through photography.
Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti, who visits classrooms in Afghanistan as part of the initiative, reported that the students were very engaged with the material. Kharoti said, "They were pointing to every little thing on the pages, which was very exciting."
Check out more photos below and read the feature article about the Wilderness Diplomacy program in Sierra magazine.