Gib Egge

College of DuPage - Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad

Contact me: eggegi@cod.edu     (630) 942-2787

ADVENTURES

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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

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College of DuPage

Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad

 

425 Fawell Blvd.

Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

 

Office: BIC 3509

Ph: 630.942.2787

Fx: 630.942.3764

e-mail: eggegi@cod.edu

ABOUT ME

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.