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)