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BIKING: ACROSS MISSOURI ON THE KATY TRAIL
Spend your spring break biking across the state of Missouri on America's longest rails to trails project, the 237-mile Katy Trail. Follow the Missouri river much like Lewis and Clark did in 1804, and ride through small town middle America, all while improving your cycling endurance. Expect to ride 50 miles a day with the assistance of a support vehicle along the way.
Class: March 13, 2017 (6 to 8 p.m.)
Field Study: March 25 to 29, 2017
Fee: $550 (includes ground transportation, hotel lodging, support vehicle, and some meals). Tuition for one credit is extra.
Register for code: PHYS 1804 FS040
ANCESTRAL CLIFF DWELLINGS OF THE SOUTHWEST
Visit some of the best-known archaeological sites of the Ancestral Puebloans who lived more than 10,000 years ago in the Four Corners region of the United States. Travel to Bandelier National Monument, Chaco Culture National Historical Park and Canyon De Chelly National Monument to see and learn why these areas were settled, abandoned and now protected. The field study will conclude with a visit to Petrified Forest National Park where we will hike among 200 million year old fossilized trees and expansive badlands. Expect to hike 5 to 8 miles a day.
Class: March 15, 2017 (6 to 8 p.m.)
Field Study: April 2 to 8, 2017
Fee: $1410 (includes airport shuttles to and from the College of DuPage, air and ground transportation, hotel lodging, park admissions and some meals). Tuition for one credit is extra.
Register for code: PHYS 1800 FS038
BIKING: MINNESOTA'S BLUFFLANDS
Join us as we head to southeastern Minnesota for three days of riding among the rock outcrops, wooded valleys, streams and historic towns of the Root River and Harmony-Preston Valley State Trails. Improve your cycling endurance as we ride up to 40 miles a day while learning bicycle safety, basic bike repair and maintenance along the way.
Class: April 19, 2017 (6 to 7:30 p.m.)
Field Study: April 28 (departing in the AM) to 30, 2017
Fee: $25 (includes transportation, camp fees, group camping equipment, trail passes and park admissions). Tuition for one credit is extra.
Register for code: PHYS 1804 FS030
AUSTRIA AND GERMANY: BIKE THE BLUE DANUBE
Alongside the Danube River from Passau, Germany to Vienna, Austria lies the renowned and most famous cycling path in Europe. Discover the enchanting river landscape, picturesque villages, lush vineyards and countless cultural sites as we cycle comfortably, up to 40 miles a day, along the banks of the "Blue Danube". In addition to riding 300 kilometers across two countries, participants will also have the opportunity to explore the Bavarian metropolis of Munich and the "city of music" that is Vienna.
Class: May 3, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)
Field Study: May 20 to 30, 2017
Fee: $3425 (includes air and ground transportation, hotels, bike rental, luggage transfers while riding, Viennese concert and some meals). Tuition for one credit is extra.
Register for code: PHYS 1804 FS060
BIKING: THE ELROY SPARTA, OMAHA AND 400 STATE TRAIL
Join us as we ride some of the finest, and most memorable bike trails in the Midwest! Traverse the famous three tunnel Elroy Sparta trail - the first rails to trails biking trail in the nation. Bike up to 32-miles on the wide crushed limestone path that passes through some of the most scenic unglaciated areas and friendliest small towns in Wisconsin. We will also ride along the wooded hillsides and trout streams of the nearby 13-mile Omaha Trail, and 22-mile 400 State Trail. Ride and learn basic bike repair and maintenance on this weekend adventure. Students must provide their own bicycles.
Class: May 31, 2017 (6 to 7:50 p.m.)
Field Study: June 9 to 11, 2017
Fee: $25 (includes ground transportation, support vehicle on rides, camp fees, group camping equipment, trail passes and park admission).T uition for one credit is extra.
Register for code: PHYS 1804 FS070
ALASKA'S NATIONAL PARKS: DENALI, WRANGELL-ST. ELIAS, AND KENAI FJORDS
Ditch the cruise ship and get your boots dirty as we get out and experience some of the very best that the great state of Alaska has to offer. Hike among the continents highest peaks in wildlife-rich Denali National Park. Explore the historic Kennecott mines in America's largest National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias. And take to the water and marvel at calving tidewater glaciers, puffins and whales in Kenai Fjords National Park. Expect to hike between 5 and 10 miles a day.
Class: June 7, 2017 (6 to 8:50 p.m.)
Field Study: June 22 to July 2, 2017
Fee: $3875 (includes airfare, land and water transportation, hotel lodging, park admissions, tours, and some meals). Tuition for one credit is extra.
Register for: PHYS 1800 FS062
ICELAND: EXTREME GEOLOGY IN THE LAND OF ICE AND FIRE
Located on the arctic circle, and straddling two of Earth's major tectonic plates, Iceland is the ultimate geology classroom. Join us this summer as we walk atop glaciers, soak in hot springs, climb volcanoes, marvel at waterfalls and study the science behind the danger and beauty of this land of ice and fire. Circle the country and visit locations such as Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon, Þingvellir and Vatnajökull National Parks, Jökulsárlón Lagoon, Akureyri the Snæfellsness Peninsula, and much more during this 10-day volcanologic and glaciologic expedition.
Class: July 5, 12, 19 and 26 (7 to 9:50 p.m.)
Field Study: August 9 to 19, 2017
Fee: $4195 (includes air and ground transportation, hotels, entrance/activity fees, specialized equipment and some meals). Tuition for two credits is extra.
Register for code: EARTH 1800 FS063
THE JOHN MUIR TRAIL: ANSEL ADAMS AND JOHN MUIR 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 backpack a 52-mile section of the John Muir Trail through the Sierra Nevada Mountains of the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness. Prior backpacking experience and consent of instructor is mandatory. Students must be comfortable backpacking up to 13 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 3 (Kings Canyon NP) in fall 2018.
Class: August 2, 2017 (6 to 7:50 p.m.).
Field Study: September 2 to 9, 2017
Fee: $1050 (includes airfare, airport shuttles, lodging and camp fees, ground transportation, group camping and backpacking equipment, and some meals). Tuition for one credit is extra.
Register for code: PHYS 1811 FS003
ANCIENT LANDSCAPES OF THE AMERICAN WEST
Join us this fall as we head to Utah, Nevada and Idaho to hike and explore some of the most unique landscapes of the American West. In Great Basin National Park we will observe astronomical objects in the incredibly dark night sky, hike among the golden autumn colors of the aspen, and marvel at the ancient bristlecone pine, the oldest living thing on earth. In Craters of the Moon National Monument we will hike alongside the lava tubes, cinder cones and lava flows that blanket this alien landscape. Further exploration will include destinations like the Bonneville Salt Flats, City of Rocks National Reserve and Golden Spike National Historic Site. Participants must be comfortable hiking up to 8 miles a day.
Class: August 30, 2017 (6 to 7:50 p.m.).
Field Study: September 23 to 30, 2017.
Fee: $1320 (includes airfare, airport shuttles, ground transportation, hotel lodging, park admissions and some meals). Tuition for one credit is extra.
Register for code: PHYS 1800 FS029
BACKPACKING: FALL COLOR IN YELLOW RIVER STATE FOREST
Tucked away in Iowa's north-east corner, where scenic trails meander along cliffs, valleys and vast vistas, is the Yellow River State Forest. Backpack this little known area as the autumn colors begin to blanket the countryside. Lean basic wilderness navigation, cooking, camping and backpacking skills during this weekend adventure. Perfect for beginners or more experienced backpackers.
Class: October 4 (6 to 7:30 p.m.).
Field Study: October 13 to 15, 2017.
Fee: $25 (includes transportation, camp fees, and group camping/backpacking equipment). Tuition for one credit is extra.
Register for code: TBA
HIKING: VIRGIN ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK
There's a beach at the end of every trail in the beautiful Virgin Islands National Park. Join us as we journey these trails, explore white sand beaches, snorkel over coral reefs where marine life abounds, and kayak among mangrove forests. We'll visit St. Thomas and St. John's Islands. Students should plan to hike 5-10 miles a day over uneven terrain carrying a daypack. Lodging will be a hotel on St. Thomas and camping cottages on St. John. No passport is required.
Class: December 14, 2017 (7 to 8:50 p.m.).
Field Study: January 7 to 13, 2018.
Fee: $2259 (includes air and ground transportation, airport shuttle, lodging, guides, permits, entrance fees, kayak/snorkel excursions and tips). Tuition for one credit is extra.
Register for code: TBA
IRELAND: THE EMERALD ISLE BY FOOT
Join us as we hike the the beautiful countries of Ireland and Northern Ireland (United Kingdom). Explore the Giant's Causeway, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula and if weather permits, the incredibly remote island of Skellig Michael, a Unesco World Heritage Site and home to a 7th century monastery. We'll walk among medieval castles, ancient landscapes, and immerse ourselves in Irish culture. Participants should expect to hike up to 6 to 10 miles a day over rolling terrain.
Class: April 26, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.).
Field Study: May 19 to 26, 2018.
Fee: $2760 (includes air and ground transportation, lodging, all activity fees and some meals). Tuition for one credit is extra.
Register for code: TBA
BELIZE AND GUATEMALA: RUINS TO REEFS - JANUARY 2017
APPALACHIAN AUTUMN: THE NATIONAL PARKS OF THE CAROLINAS - OCTOBER 2016
BACKPACKING: FALL COLOR IN THE SYLVANIA WILDERNESS - SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016
AUTUMN IN THE COLORADO ROCKIES - SEPTEMBER 2016
THE JOHN MUIR TRAIL: YOSEMITE AND THE ANSEL ADAMS WILDERNESS - AUGUST 2016
CANOEING: VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK - JULY 2016
CANOEING: THE PERE MARQUETTE RIVER - JUNE 2016
BIKING: DOOR COUNTY - MAY 2017
CANOEING: THE PERE MARQUETTE RIVER - APRIL/MAY 2016
HOT SPRINGS AND WILD RIVERS: THE NATIONAL PARKS OF ARKANSAS - APRIL 2016
AURORA TO IDITAROD: WINTER IN ALASKA - MARCH 2016
PATAGONIA: TREKKING THE TORRES - JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016
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.