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BACKPACKING: FALL COLOR IN THE SYLVANIA WILDERNESS
Learn introductory backpacking skills as we travel through old-growth forests and along the pristine lakes of the Sylvania Wilderness in Michigan during peak fall-color season. During this weekend adventure, students will learn backcountry cooking, map and compass navigation, Leave No Trace outdoor ethics and much more. This course is great for the first-time or more experienced backpacker. Participants must be comfortable backpacking up to 7 miles a day with a 30-pound backpack.
Class: September 9 (6 to 7:50 p.m.).
Field study: September 18 (8:00 a.m.) - 20 (9:00 p.m.), 2015.
Fee: $25 (includes ground transportation, group camping/backpacking equipment, camp fees and most meals). 1 credit of tuition is extra.
Register for code: PHYS-1800-FS001
BIKING: THE ELROY SPARTA, LA CROSSE AND GREAT RIVER TRAIL
Join us for one last weekend of fall-color riding as we bike some of the finest, and most memorable bike trails in the Midwest. Starting in Marshland, we will bike the backwaters of the upper Mississippi River valley to La Crosse. From here we will head east on the La Crosse River trail to Sparta, passing trout streams and hardwood forest along the way. Finally we will ride the famous three tunnel Elroy Sparta trail - the first rails to trails biking trail in the nation. Bike up to 40-miles per day on the wide crushed limestone paths that pass through the friendly small towns and rolling countryside of Wisconsin. Ride and learn basic bike repair and maintenance on this weekend adventure. Students must provide their own bicycles.
Class: September 16, 2015 (7 to 8 p.m.)
Field Study: September 25 to 27, 2015
Fee: $235 ((includes, ground transportation, 2-nights hotel lodging, bike shuttle/trail escort, trail permits and some meal). 1 credit of tuition is extra.
Register for code: PHYS-1804-FS025
HIKING: CLASSIC LANDSCAPES OF THE DESERT SOUTHWEST
Join us this fall as we traverse some of the most iconic landscapes of the American southwest. Travel by boat through Glen Canyon to hike Rainbow Bridge National Monument. Explore the narrow Antelope Canyon under the direction of a Navajo guide. Watch the sun set on Monument Valley. Marvel at the clearest and darkest night skies in the country as we visit Natural Bridges under a new moon. See the ancient Ancestral Puebloan rock art and ruins of Grand Gulch and Horseshoe Canyon. And hit the trail in two of our countries finest National Parks, Arches and Canyonlands. Participants must be comfortable hiking 5-10 miles a day over rocky and sometimes steep terrain.
Class: September 30, 2015 (6 to 8 p.m.)
Field Study: October 9-16, 2015
Fee: $1970 (includes air and ground transportation, airport shuttles, all entrance and activity fees, some meals and 7 nights hotel lodging). 1 credit of tuition is extra.
Register for code: PHYS-1800-FS029
PATAGONIA: TREKKING THE TORRES
Escape winter and head for summer on the far side of the world to Patagonia, where we will hike the remarkable mountain landscapes of Chile's Parque Nacional Torres del Paine and Argentina's Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Experience the South American capitals of Santiago and Buenos Aires, hike beneath the iconic Cuernos del Paine, marvel at the turquoise waters of Lago Nordenskjold and Lago Pehoe, live among the native guanacos, flamingos and condors, witness the subtle movements of glaciers, come face-to-face with the three magnificent "towers" of granite from which Torres del Paine gets it's name, hike to the base of jagged Monte Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre and much more! Participants must be comfortable hiking up to 15 miles a day over moderate terrain with a 5 to 10 pound backpack.
Class: January 6, 2016 (6 to 9 p.m.)
Field Study: January 30 to February 11, 2016
Fee: $5735 (includes air and ground transportation, hotel and refugio lodging, guides, park admissions, Argentina reciprocity fee and some meals). 2 credits of tuition is extra.
Register for code: PHYS-1800-FS045
AURORA BOREALIS TO IDITAROD: WINTER IN ALASKA
Situated under the auroral oval, Alaska's geographical location is perfect for viewing one our planet's most mysterious natural phenomenons – the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Join us as we head north to Anchorage, Denali National Park and Fairbanks, Alaska to experience these solar storms and other unique Alaskan events unattainable during the busy summer months. Partake in the festivities of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, snowshoe among towering alpine peaks, drive your own team of sled dogs, soak in natural hot springs, and much more.
Class: February 10, 2016 (6 to 8 p.m.)
Field Study: March 3 to 11, 2016
Fee: $2460 (includes air and ground transportation, hotel lodging, all entry fees, dogsledding and snowshoeing, park admissions and some meals). 2 credits of tuition is extra.
Register for code: PHYS-1800-FS035 and PHYS-1800-FS036
HOT SPRINGS AND WILD RIVERS: THE NATIONAL PARKS OF ARKANSAS
The thermal waters in central Arkansas were what first brought Native Americans and later European explorers to the "Valley of Vapors" now known as Hot Springs National Park, the oldest park managed by the National Park Service. Today the park is adorned with miles of mountainous trails that encircle the historic Bathhouse Row. The "Natural State" also holds claim to the meandering, wild and scenic, Buffalo River, America's first National River, and one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the continental United States. Join us as this spring as we head south to the Ozark Mountains to hike, rejuvenate ourselves in the healing waters and paddle among the massive 500 foot bluffs of the Buffalo National River (optional). Expect to hike up to 10 miles per day.
Class: March 30, 2016 (6 to 7:30 p.m.)
Field Study: April 9 to 14, 2016
Fee: $1325 (includes air and ground transportation, airport shuttles, hotel lodging, park admissions, all canoeing equipment for optional excursion, hot spring fees, and some meals). 1 credit of tuition is extra.
Register for code: TBA
CANOEING: THE UPPER IOWA RIVER
Join us this spring as we head to northeast Iowa, to paddle the unforgettable winding waters of the Upper Iowa River. Learn basic river canoeing and camping skills as we paddle through steep limestone canyons and the pastoral farmland of small town Iowa. Expect to paddle between 25 and 40 miles during this weekend adventure.
Class: April 20, 2016 (6 to 7:30 p.m.)
Field Study: April 29 to May 1, 2016
Fee: $25 (includes ground transportation, camping and paddling fees, instruction, and group canoeing and camping equipment). 1 credit of tuition is extra.
Register for code: TBA
BIKING: DOOR COUNTY
Join us as we bike the friendly roads and trails among the state parks, shorelines, beaches and bluffs of Door County, Wisconsin. Expect to ride between 30 and 40 miles per day while learning bicycle safety, basic bike repair and maintenance. Students must provide their own bicycle in good working order.
Class: May 4, 2016 (6 to 7:30 p.m.)
Field Study: May 13 to 15, 2016
Fee: $25 (includes transportation, camping fees, group camping equipment, trail fees and park admissions).
Register for code: TBA
HIKING: GLEN CANYON AND LAKE POWELL BY HOUSEBOAT
In 1956, the still controversial construction of Glen Canyon Dam began, significantly altering the desert landscapes of the region. Today, the once remote and virtually inaccessible canyons of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area are routinely explored by hikers and kayakers. Join us as we traverse this alien landscape of desert and water to hike among massive natural bridges, observe remnants of ancient civilizations, kayak winding canyons, and discuss man's lasting impact on the natural environment. When the sun sets, spend your evenings aboard the comfortable houseboat, or make your way to shore to camp among the dark open desert skies.
Class: May 18, 2016 (6 to 8 p.m.)
Field Study: June 4 to 11, 2016
Fee: $2075 (includes air and ground transportation, airport shuttles, hotel and houseboat lodging, camping and kayaking equipment and most meals). 1 credit of tuition is extra.
Register for code: PHYS-1800-FS083
ITALY: HIKING THE ALTA VIA 1 HUT TO HUT
From soaring rock towers to grassy alpine meadows, the Italian Dolomites offer some of the most dramatic hiking in the world. Join us as we hike one of the world's classic hikes; the Alta Via 1, through the Pragser, Tofana and Civetta mountain groups of the Italian Alps. Travel among remnants of the first World War to quaint mountain huts where the warmth and hospitality is equally as appealing as the spectacular scenery. The conclusion of our adventure will be a relaxing two days exploring the canals, waterfront palazzos, palaces, churches and bridges of Venice. Expect to hike up to 12 miles a day with a 20-pound backpack with elevation changes up to 4000' per day.
Field Study: July 9 to 20, 2016
Fee: $4890 (includes air, train and bus transportation, hotel and co-ed refugio lodging, equipment and most meals). 2 credits of tuition is extra.
Register for code: TBA
THE JOHN MUIR TRAIL: YOSEMITE AND THE ANSEL ADAMS WILDERNESS
Following the Sierras and immersed in arguably the finest mountain scenery in the United States, the 210-mile John Muir Trail is the ultimate legacy to the renown naturalist who spent years roaming this wilderness. Join us as we climb out of Yosemite Valley, among massive waterfalls and the iconic Half Dome, past Cathedral Peak where Muir made a first accent in 1869 to the high country of Tuolumne Meadows. From here we cross 11,000 foot Donahue Pass into the Ansel Adams Wilderness where we will travel among photogenic alpine lakes through Muir's "Range of Light", and finish the trek at the geologically significant Devils Postpile National Monument. Prior backpacking experience and consent of instructor is mandatory. Students must be comfortable backpacking up to 12 miles a day at altitudes up to 11,000 feet, while carrying a 40 pound backpack. Those wanting to continue the trek can join us for Part 2 (John Muir Wilderness/Kings Canyon NP) in fall 2017.
Class: August 3, 2016 (6 to 8 p.m.)
Field Study: August 20 to 29, 2016
Fee: $1449 (includes air and ground transportation, lodging and camp fees group camping and backpacking equipment and some meals). 2 credits of tuition is extra.
Register for code: TBA
BIRTHPLACE OF CONSERVATION: THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK
HIKING: FALL COLOR ON THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY - OCTOBER 2014
ALASKA: DENAIL AND KATMAI BY TRAIN AND PLANE - JUNE/JULY 2014
AURORA BOREALIS TO IDITAROD: WINTER IN ALASKA - FEBRUARY/MARCH 2014
CANOEING: THE UPPER IOWA RIVER - MAY 2015
BACKPACKING: FALL COLOR IN THE SYLVANIA WILDERNESS - SEPTEMBER 2014
HIKING: THE PARKS AND MONUMENTS OF THE BLACK HILLS - JUNE 2014
HIKING: ARIZONA'S SAGUARO AND ORGAN PIPE - FEBRUARY 2014
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I register for a Field Studies course?
The easiest way to register for a Field Studies course is to call Lynn Dudzik in the Field Studies office at 630.942.3763. Lynn is always willing to answer any questions you might have regarding registration and payments.
How many people do you take on your Field Studies courses?
I try to keep groups small so we do not have as big an impact on the environment. Also, because of many of the wilderness areas we travel to, restrictions are made on the number of visitors. Most courses have no more than 12 students, some no more than 10 and others, no more than 8.
Can I go on a field study without signing up for the course or courses?
No. All classes/trips must be taken for credit. There are no exceptions. However, many of the people taking these courses are not traditional students. Some people in my classes may not want the course credit, but they choose these course organized field trips because they want to learn about the focus of the field trip.
Can a payment plan be worked out so I don't have to pay all of the trip fee at once?
Yes. In most cases, students may register and begin paying for classes with fees of $500 or more. The office has a separate payment schedule set up for each course. Contact the Field Studies office at 630.942.2356 for payment schedules for specific courses.
What is the experience level required?
Unless it's noted, all courses are for beginners. Some courses combine options for students with different skill levels where experienced people have new options and beginners are introduced to the course skills. Some course descriptions have restrictions on student ability like "must be able to paddle 10 miles a day" or "must be able to hike 8 miles a day over rough, hilly terrain with a 35-pound backpack" because of the objective. Please contact me if you have questions about your skill level.
Will all of the students be 18 or 19 years old?
Though it's hard to predict the ages of students who will register in a class, the average age of students participating in our classes has been around 40 years old. I have even had classes with students aged 18 to 80 in the same class.
What equipment do I have to bring?
Different courses have different equipment needs. Most of the equipment is provided for Field Studies courses like tents, pots and pans, camp stoves, kayaks, canoes, paddling equipment, backpacking equipment, climbing equipment, etc. Students may be required to obtain some personal items for their course like special clothing, eating utensils, water bottles, headlamp/flashlight, etc. Most students have these personal items, and some borrow the equipment from friends or myself. Food is provided on some of my courses, but students must provide all of their meals for others. Contact me if you have equipment concerns for specific courses.
Can I sign up for a course before my regular registration appointment?
Particularly in the case of more expensive trips, students may usually begin making payments for the "trip" portion before their registration appointment date. In this situation, your down payment will guarantee your space.
Do these classes count for graduation credit?
Yes. All classes offered through this department count toward graduation credits, either as electives or required courses. If you are planning on transferring, please check with the institution you plan on transferring to.
If I really enjoy a certain class, can I take it again?
You may take as many courses designated 1800 as you'd like. As long as the class title is different, you will get additional credit for the class. You may even take the same class over, for example, Rock Climbing, Physical Education 1841; however, your grade will be recorded as "R" for repeat, and you will receive no additional credit for the course.
How much work is involved with the courses?
For most of these courses, students must show an effort to learn the associated skills. Certain classes may require more work.
What is your experience level?
I've been with the College of DuPage Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad department for over 20 years. Currently, I teach roughly 10 for-credit adventure courses a year, and am Coordinator of Experiential Education and Training. Over the years I have developed and implemented over two hundred successful adventure courses all over the world. I hold a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification and I'm also CPR certified.
College of DuPage
Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Office: BIC 3509
I have been involved with Field and Experiential Learning at the College of DuPage for over 20 years. From dogsledding in the arctic of Alaska to tramping all over New Zealand, I have taught and led over 200 programs across the world. I am a trained wilderness first responder, avid photographer and happy father to twin girls. If you have questions, or would like to participate in any of my programs, please contact me.