The wonders of wild nature await you…

To experience new places and different cultures is transformative. These experiences remind us that we are part of something much greater, wider, wilder, and more complex than we tend to think. Traveling teaches us that people and places invent and present themselves in a stunning and humbling array of diversity.” David Gilligan, Faculty in Ecology; Global Field Studies Director

SIERRA NEVADA WILDERNESS  – Summer 2017

 EXPLORE John Muir’s famed Range of Light, a land of glacially sculpted and fluted granite, gushing waterfalls, sapphire lakes, gleaming snowfields spacious virgin montane forests and alpine meadows strewn with profusions of wildflowers. The program consists of five weeks of wilderness living and backpacking in the heart of the Sierra Nevada backcountry, integrating the planning and practice of mountain expedition skills and study of natural history. We will travel as a small group in the spirit of the great explorers and naturalists, studying wild nature through sustained immersion into it.

The program includes two inter-related courses, designed to serve students with general interests ranging from Ecology and Natural History to Outdoor Education, as well as a variety of Self-Designed possibilities:

Mountain Expedition Skills (3cr);  Natural History of the Sierra Nevada (3cr)

WHERE: Yosemite National Park, California

WHEN: July 1st-August 3rd 2017 (4 ½ weeks; 6 credits)

ROCKY MOUNTAIN MOUNTAINEERING – Summer 2017

ADVENTURE in the remote high mountains of the Rockies, a land of looming granite walls and beckoning blue-gray glaciers. Learn how to function as an expeditionary team while honing mountaineering techniques for roped travel on wilderness rock and ice. The program consists of 2 ½ weeks of wilderness living and expeditionary travel in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. We will travel in the spirit of camaraderie and adventure as we walk in the footsteps of the great North American Mountaineers.

The program includes a single course designed to serve students with general background in wilderness travel who want more experience in remote high mountain environments:

Alpine Mountaineering (4cr)

WHERE: Wind River Range, Wyoming

WHEN: August 3rd-22nd, 2017 (2 ½ weeks; 4 credits)

 

MOUNTAINS OF CALIFORNIA FIELD SEMESTER – Fall 2017

 SPEND ALL FALL living and studying with a small group in the spectacular wilderness areas of the most ecologically diverse state in the country. This program involves eighty days of wilderness backpacking and remote car camping in the Sierra Nevada, Great Basin ranges, Coast Ranges and Mojave Desert. Specific course areas include Yosemite National Park, Mono Basin Scenic Area, White Inyo Range, Lost Coast, Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley National Park. Curriculum includes study of botany, ecology and geology of the mountains of California, development and practice of wilderness expedition skills, and investigation into the history and philosophy of wilderness and creation of public lands in California.

The program includes four inter-related courses designed to serve students with general interests in integrating natural sciences, expedition skills and humanities in the context of a sustained backcountry expedition:

Natural History of California (4 credits); Wildness and Wilderness: History and Philosophy (4 credits); Mountain Expedition Skills (4 credits); Expeditionary Education (3 credits)

WHERE: Yosemite National Park, Mono Basin National Scenic Area, White-Inyo National Forest, Big Sur Coast, Lost Coast, Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park

 WHEN: September 1st- November 20th (11 weeks; 15 credits)

SOUTHWEST FIELD SEMESTER – Spring 2018

 

SPEND ALL SPRING exploring the cactus, canyons, mountains, mesas and ancient cultures of the American Southwest. This program involves eighty days of remote wilderness backpacking, canoeing and car camping with a small group. We will spend sustained time in the most spectacular places in the region, including Big Bend National Park, Saguaro National Park, Superstition Wilderness, Verde River Valley Grand Canyon National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Curriculum includes study of botany, ecology and geology of the region, exploration of ancient cultures of the Southwest, development and practice of refined wilderness skills, and study and practice of group dynamics and facilitation skills.

The program includes four inter-related courses designed to serve students with general interests in integrating natural sciences, expedition skills and humanities in the context of a sustained backcountry expedition:

Natural History of the Southwest (4cr); Ancestral Lifeways of the Southwest (4cr); Desert Expedition Skills (4cr); Small Group Dynamics (3cr)

WHERE: Texas, Arizona and Utah, including Big Bend National Park, Saguaro National Park, Superstition Wilderness, Verde River Valley Grand Canyon National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

WHEN: February 1, 2018-May 1, 2018 (12 weeks, 15 credits)

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