INSTRUCTOR - FIELD AND EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING/STUDY ABROAD
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HIKING: ARIZONA'S SAGUARO AND ORGAN PIPE
AURORA BOREALIS TO IDITAROD: WINTER IN ALASKA
BACKPACKING: ROCK ART AND RUINS OF GRAND GULCH
BIKE AND HIKE: CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
ALASKA: DENALI AND KATMAI BY TRAIN AND PLANE
CANOEING: THE BOUNDARY WATERS
THE TOUR DU MONT BLANC: HIKING FRANCE ITALY AND SWITZERLAND
BACKPACKING: FALL COLOR IN THE SYLVANIA WILDERNESS
HIKING: FALL COLOR ON THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
NEW ZEALAND: THE FINEST WALKS IN THE WORLD
HIKING: THE PARKS AND MONUMENTS OF THE BLACK HILLS
Soak up the warmth and beauty of cactus rich deserts as we visit Saguaro National Park and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona. From sprawling chains of prickly pear and shrubby cholla, to the immense 50 foot Saguaro - the symbol of the American west, see them all as we lace up our boots and hit the trail. Class: January 29, 2014 (6 to 7:30p.m.). Field Study: February 8 to 13, 2014. Fee: $1180 (includes, airport shuttles, air and land transportation, park admissions, lodging and some meals). Tuition extra.
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According to NASA, 2014 will offer prime conditions for viewing one of Earth’s most mysterious natural phenomenon – 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 5, 2014 (6 to 8 p.m.). Field Study: February 27 to March 7, 2014. Fee: $2240 (includes air/ground transportation, all entry fees, hotel/lodge/B&B's, dogsledding and snowshoeing fees, park admissions, and some meals). Tuition extra.
Grand Gulch, and the canyon tributaries that feed it, contain some of the finest examples of ancient Ancestral Puebloan cliff ruins and rock art in the United States. Join us April 26-May 1, 2014, as we hike this remarkable area and discover why it is one of the finest, most unique backpacks in Utah's canyon country. Participants must be comfortable backpacking with a 35-pound backpack over rough terrain. A fee of $945 includes, airfare, airport shuttles, ground transportation, backpacking permits, park entrance fees, group backpacking equipment, camp fees/hotels and some meals. A pre-trip meeting will take place on April 9, 2014 from 6-8PM. Tuition is extra.
Called the Crooked River by Native Americans, the Cuyahoga river valley in northern Ohio has provided natural wooded sanctuary to city dwellers for well over 100 years. Join us as we explore the deep forests, rolling hills and waterfalls that to this day, still provide sanctuary and recreation. Bike the famous Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, and return via the scenic railroad, and hike some of the over 125 miles of trails in this, one of America's newest National Parks! Class: April 23, 2014 (6 to 7p.m.). Field Study: May 15-18, 2014. Fee: $340 (includes ground transportation, bike transport, hotel lodging, park admissions, some meals and train fees). Tuition extra.
Tucked away in western South Dakota and eastern Wyoming, among the isolated Black Hills are a varied collection of scenic panoramas. The massive mixed-grass prairie and eroded buttes of Badlands, the underground wonders of Wind and Jewel Cave, the familiar immense granite faces of Mt. Rushmore, and the geologic curiosity Devil's Tower. See them all this summer as we hike the Black Hills and National Parks and Monuments along the Wyoming/South Dakota border. Class: May 28, 2014 (6 to 8p.m.). Field Study: June 5-11, 2014. Fee: $1530 (includes air and ground transportation, airport shuttles, hotels, park entrance fees, and some meals). Tuition extra.
When traveling in Alaska by train or float plane, the journey can be as remarkable as the final destination. Join us this summer as we ride the rails of the scenic Alaska Railroad from Fairbanks to Anchorage. Along the way we will camp and hike among the highest peaks of North America in wildlife-rich Denali National Park. Next we'll fly to King Salmon for a floatplane trip to remote Katmai National Park. Here we will camp, hike and enjoy some of the best grizzly bear viewing in the world. Participants will also have a chance to visit the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and/or partake in world-renowned sport fishing while in Katmai. Class: June 4, 2014 (6 to 8p.m.). Field Study: June 25 - July 3, 2014. Fee: $2885 (includes all air and ground transportation in Alaska, 3-nights hotel lodging, camp fees, group camping equipment, park entrance fees, and some meals). Tuition extra.
Here's your chance to canoe and camp in one of the best canoeing destinations in the world - the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, an intricate collection of lakes and rivers that encompass more than 1,500 miles of canoe trails. Learn canoeing and camping skills, listen to the call of the Loon, watch for bald eagles and moose, try your hand at fishing for trophy Northern Pike, marvel at the sight of the Northern Lights and enjoy all that the north woods has to offer. Class: July 16, 2014 (7 to 9p.m.). Field Study: July 30 - August 3, 2014. Fee: $325 (includes ground transportation, all permit, camping and lodging fees, group canoeing and camping equipment and most meals). Tuition extra.
Embark on one of the world's classic walks - the Tour du Mont Blanc! On this 12-day hike, we will travel though some of Europe's most picturesque alpine scenery as we cross the rolling countryside of France, Italy and Switzerland, ultimately encircling Western Europe's highest and most spectacular mountain massif. Travel light as we eat and spend our evenings in hotels and traditional mountain huts along the way. Participants must be comfortable hiking up to 12 miles a day over steep mountainous terrain while carrying a 15 to 20 pound pack. Class: August 6, 2014 (6 to 8 p.m.). Field Study: August 21 to September 3, 2014. Fee: $4495 (includes, round trip airfare, land transportation in Europe, hotel/hut lodging and most meals). Tuition extra.
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 10 (6 to 7:50 p.m.). Field study: September 26 (8:00 a.m.) - 28 (9:00 p.m.), 2014. Fee: $155 (includes ground transportation, group camping/backpacking equipment, camp fees and most meals). Tuition is extra.
Between mid-October and early November, the fall foliage of the Appalachian Mountains in Virgina and North Carolina, hit peak color. Join us this fall as follow this ancient, iconic mountain range from north to south, to experience the local mountain culture, and hike Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks and other notable trails along "America's Favorite Drive", the famed Blue Ridge Parkway. Class: October 1, 2014 (6 to 7 p.m.). Field Study: October 18-23, 2014. Fee: $1315 (includes, airport shuttles, round trip airfare, land transportation, hotel lodging, park fees and some meals). Tuition extra.
Hiking, or "tramping" as the New Zealanders call it, is the best way to experience the natural beauty of this isolated island nation. Join us as we travel from Auckland to Queenstown through the volcanic landscapes of Rotorua and Tongariro National Park, across the Cook Strait from North to South Island, through Christchurch and the Banks Peninsula, to Arthur's Pass National Park on one of the worlds greatest train journeys, down to the towering peaks and glaciers of Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park and finally Fiordland National Park where we will embark on "the finest walk in the world", the 4-day Milford Track to majestic Milford Sound. Participants must be comfortable hiking up to 13 miles a day while carrying a 10 pound backpack. Class: February 4, 2015 (6 to 8p.m.). Field Study: February 28 to March 15, 2015. Fee: $6775 (includes, air and land transportation, park admissions, hotel/lodges and some meals). Tuition extra.