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AURORA BOREALIS TO IDITAROD: WINTER IN ALASKA
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.
Register for: PHYS-1800-FS035 and PHYS-1800-FS036
BACKPACKING: ROCK ART AND RUINS OF GRAND GULCH
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 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.
Class: April 9, 2014 (6 to 8 p.m.).
Field Study: April 26 to May 1, 2014.
Fee: $945 (includes air/ground transportation, backpacking permits, park entrance fees, group backpacking equipment, camp fees/hotels and some meals). Once credit of tuition is extra.
Register for code: PHYS-1811-FS040
BIKE AND HIKE: CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
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). One credit of tuition extra.
Register for code: PHYS-1804-FS030
HIKING: THE PARKS AND MONUMENTS OF THE BLACK HILLS
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). One credit of tuition is extra.
Register for code: PHYS-1800-FS061
ALASKA: DENALI AND KATMAI BY TRAIN AND PLANE
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). 2 credits of tuition is extra.
Register for codes: PHYS-1800-FS070 and PHYS-1800-FS071
CANOEING: THE BOUNDARY WATERS
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). 2 credits of tuition is extra.
Register for codes: PHYS-1800-FS060 and PHYS-1810-FS060
THE TOUR DU MONT BLANC: HIKING FRANCE, ITALY AND SWITZERLAND
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). 3 credits of tuition is extra.
Register for code: PHYS-1800-FS022
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 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). 1 credit of tuition is extra.
Register for code: PHYS-1811-FS001
BIKING: THE ELROY SPARTA, 400 AND OMAHA TRAILS
Join us for one last fall-color ride on some of the finest, and most memorable bike trails in the midwest. Saturday will take us on 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. On Sunday, we'll 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: September 24 (7 to 8 p.m.).
Field study: October 3-5, 2014.
Fee: $200 (includes, ground transportation, 2-nights hotel lodging, bike shuttle-trail escort, trail permits and some meals). 1 credit of tuition is extra.
Register for code: TBA
HIKING: FALL COLOR ON THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
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). 1 credit of tuition is extra.
Register for code: PHYS-1800-FS002
WILDERNESS FIRST AND AND CPR: SOLO CERTIFICATION
Accidents can and do happen on ropes courses, along country roads, or in the backcountry, and all too often members of a group are not capable of dealing with the emergency. Designed specifically for groups and their leaders, this 16-hour program covers the following topics; patients assessment system, shock, long-term patient care, soft tissue injuries, environmental emergencies, fractures/dislocations, splint improvisation, preparedness and CPR. Classroom lectures and discussions are supplemented by practical work and problem-solving exercises. The emphasis is always on hands-on experience. Scenarios are an important part of this training.
Class: February 7 and 8, 2015 (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.).
Fee: $210 (includes instruction, certification and course materials). 1 credit of tuition is extra.
Register for code: TBA
NEW ZEALAND: THE FINEST WALKS IN THE WORLD
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). 2 credits of tuition is extra.
Register for code: PHYS-1800-FS045
ICELAND: TREKKING THE LAND OF FIRE AND ICE
Join us this summer as we trek among volcanoes, waterfalls and geysers, cross glaciers and soak in hot springs. All while living among the dramatic and dynamic landscapes of Iceland. Get aquatinted with the country in it’s capital Reykjavik before experiencing destinations like Thingvellir National Park, Solheimajokull glacier and the Laugavagur Trail, Iceland's best known trek! Participants must be comfortable hiking up to 15 miles a day over rugged mountainous terrain.
Class: June 17, 2015 (6 to 8p.m.).
Field Study: July 10 to 20, 2015.
Fee: $4945 (includes air and ground transportation, 3 nights hostel lodging, 6 nights camping, camping/glacier travel equipment, park admissions, local guides, tips and most meals). 2 credits of tuition is extra.
Register for code: PHYS-1800-FS069
JORDAN: PETRA, WADI RUM AND THE DEAD SEA
The man-made and natural wonders of Jordan have been attracting travelers for ages. Join us on this active cultural adventure as we hike the gorge of Wadi Mujib, float in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea, wander the Roman city of Jerash and trek through the rose-rock canyons of the lost city of Petra. Our journey will conclude among the soaring sandstone and granite cliffs of Wadi Rum. Here we will travel to a desert camp to learn about the ancient Bedouin culture, ride camels, eat traditional meals and overnight under the vast night sky. Other activities include trekking in the Ajloun Nature Reserve and the Dana Biosphere Reserve. Expect to hike up to 8 miles a day.
Class: August 26, 2015 (6 to 8 p.m.).
Field Study: September 17-24, 2015.
Fee: $3110 (includes, all air and ground transportation, 5 nights hotel lodging, 1 night bungalow, 1 night tented camp, most meals, and entrance/activity fees). 2 credits of tuition is extra.
Register for code: PHYS-1800-FS016
HIKING: FALL COLOR ON THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY - NOVEMBER 2013
GLACIER: HIKE AMERICA'S CROWN OF THE CONTINENT - AUGUST 2013
HIKING: CLASSIC LANDSCAPES OF THE DESERT SOUTHWEST - OCTOBER 2013
PERU: MACHU PICCHU AND THE INCA TRAIL - SEPTEMBER 2013
BACKPACKING: ALASKA'S HISTORIC CHILKOOT TRAIL - JULY 2013
INWARD BOUND ALASKA - JUNE 2013
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK: BY FOOT, BIKE AND KAYAK - JUNE 2013
BELLA ITALIA! CULTURES AND LANDSCAPES - MAY 2013
CANOE THE BUFFALO: AMERICA'S FIRST NATIONAL RIVER - APRIL 2013
AURORA BOREALIS TO IDITAROD: WINTER IN ALASKA - MARCH 2013
DESERT TREKKING - JANUARY 2013
HIKING: ARIZONA'S SAGUARO AND ORGAN PIPE - FEBRUARY 2014