Gib Egge - College of DuPage - Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad

 

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I register?

    The easiest way to register for a Field Studies course is to call the Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad office at 630.942.2356. The staff is always willing to answer any questions you might have regarding registration and payments. You can also register on-line at myaccess.cod.edu

  • How many people do you take on a courses?

    ‚ÄčWe try to keep groups small to lessen our impact on the environment. Many areas we travel to also have restrictions on the number of visitors allowed. 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 taking it for credit?

    No. All classes must be taken for credit. There are no exceptions.

  • Can a payment plan be worked out so I don't have to pay all of the trip fee at once?

    Yes. Classes with fees of $500 or more can be paid for over time prior to departure. The office has a separate payment schedule set up for each course. Contact us at 630.942.2356 for details.

  • 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 students may undertake a more challenging option 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?

    Because we are a community college, we get students of all ages from all over the community. We have even had classes with students aged 18 to 80's.

  • What equipment do I have to bring?

    Different courses have different equipment needs. For most activity courses, equipment like tents, kayaks, canoes, backpacking equipment, climbing equipment, etc. is provided. Students may be required to obtain some personal items for their course like special clothing, eating utensils, water bottles, headlamp/flashlight, etc. Food is provided on some courses, but not others. Contact me if you have any equipment concerns.

  • Can I sign up for a course before my regular registration appointment?

    You can for classes with travel fees greater than $500.

  • Do these classes count for graduation credit?

    Yes. All classes offered through this department count toward graduation credits, either as electives or required courses. Check with your counselor for more information or to see if the class will work toward your degree/transfer.

  • 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. Non 1800-level classes like, Rock Climbing, Physical Education 1841 can be repeated as well. 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 than others.

  •  What is your experience level?

    I have been involved with Field and Experiential Learning at the College of DuPage since 1994. Since then, I have taught and led over 200 programs across the world. I am a trained Wilderness First Responder, American Canoe Association Certified canoe and kayak instructor, Leave No Trace Master Educator, American Mountain Guides Association SPI, and an alumni of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

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Contact Me

College of DuPage

Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad

 

425 Fawell Blvd.

Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

 

Office: BIC 3520D

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 since 1994. Since then, I have taught and led over 200 programs across the world. I am a trained Wilderness First Responder, American Canoe Association Certified canoe and kayak instructor, Leave No Trace Master Educator, American Mountain Guides Association SPI, and an alumni of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

 

HIKING: FALL COLOR IN THE ADIRONDACK AND GREEN MOUNTAINS 

 

With numerous peaks, waterfalls, countless miles of rivers, quaint mountain towns and the largest network of hiking trails in the country, New York's Adirondack Park is a hikers wonderland. The adjacent Green Mountains also allow easy access to Vermont's incredible alpine scenery. Join us this fall as we hike 5 to 8 miles per day among these ancient mountain ranges during peak New England fall-color season, and learn low impact hiking techniques, injury prevention and basic navigation along the way.

 

Class: September 12 and November 5, 2018 (6 to 8:50 p.m.).

 

Field Study: October 7 to 13, 2018

 

Fee: $1895 (includes air and ground transportation, airport shuttles, hotel lodging, park admissions and some meals). Tuition for one credit is extra.

 

Register for PHYS 1803 FS017.

FLORIDA'S NATIONAL PARKS: A SOULFUL JOURNEY  

 

Travel to Dry Tortugas, Biscayne and Everglades National Parks to explore the dynamics and challenges of professional and personal relationships in a supportive, spiritual, exotic group setting. Snorkel among corals and exotic fishes, paddle through mangrove tunnels, bicycle among alligators and a myriad of colorful birds, and hike within the largest wilderness area in the eastern United States while exploring the basic principles and theories of interpersonal communication and their application in attraction, conflict, romantic relationships, friendship, professional and family communication.

 

Classes: Nov. 7 and Dec. 14 (6 to 7:50 p.m.).

 

Field Study: Dec. 2 to 8.

 

Fee: $2,174 (includes air/land/water transportation, hotels, park admissions, excursion fees, equipment, and some meals). Tuition is extra.

 

Register for: SPEEC-1160-FS010.

BAHAMAS: SEA KAYAKING THE EXUMA CAYS

 

Experience some of the finest ocean kayaking on the planet as we head to the sandy beaches and turquoise waters of the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas for a 6-day sea kayaking adventure! Learn the basics of sea kayaking as we travel among dolphin, sea turtles and starfish by day, and hone your outdoor living skills as we camp on secluded tropical islands by night. Expect to paddle approximately 7-miles per day with ample opportunities for snorkeling, fishing, beach combing and relaxing. Ideal for the beginner or more experienced paddler.

 

Class: December 12, 2018 (6:30 to 8:50 p.m.).

 

Field Study: January 5 to 12, 2019

 

Fee: $1985 (includes air, ground and water transportation, airport shuttles, hotel lodging and camp fees, sea kayaking and camping equipment and most meals). Tuition for one credit is extra.

 

Register for PHYS 1812 FS042

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 Islands. Students should plan to hike five to 10 miles a day over uneven terrain carrying a daypack. Lodging will be a hotel on St. Thomas and camping cottages on St. John.

 

Classes: Jan. 17 (7 to 8:50 p.m.) and

March 11 (TBA).

 

Field Study: Feb. 16 to 22.

 

Fee: $2,259 (includes air/ground transportation,

airport shuttle, lodging, guides, permits, entrance fees, kayak/snorkel excursion, and tips). Tuition for one credit is extra. No passport is required.

 

Register for: PHYS 1803 FS036

CHINA: HUANGSHAN, YANGSHUO AND THE GREAT WALL

 

Join us over spring break as we journey to China, and hike among some of the most dramatic landscapes in Asia. Beginning in Shanghai, we will travel to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Huangshan. Famous for it's influence in Chinese painting and literature, these mountains are also renowned for their hiking trails and extraordinary sunrises. Continuing on to Yangshuo, we will travel along the Li River among the rice paddies and seemingly countless limestone mountains. Our journey will conclude with hikes along one of the 7 Wonders of the World, the Great Wall of China. Other notable destinations and UNESCO World Heritage Sites include the ancient village of Hongcun, the Forbidden City and Summer Palace.

 

Class: February 27 and April 29 (6 to 8:50 p.m.).

 

Field Study: March 22 to April 1, 2019.

 

Fee: $3450 (includes travel visa, international and domestic flights, trains and ground transportation, hotel lodging, local guides, excursion fees, admissions, and some meals). Tuition for 1 credit is extra.

 

Register for: PHYS 1803 FS038

BIKING: THE BADGER STATE

 

Join us and we ride some of the finest bike trails in southern Wisconsin. During the three-day riding adventure we will ride the Badger, Capital City and Military Ridge 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 24 (6 to 7:30 p.m.).

 

Field Study: May 3 to 5.

 

Fee: $25 *was $125* (includes transportation, camp fees, group camping equipment, trail passes and park admissions). Tuition for one credit is extra.

 

Register for: PHYS-1804-FS030

SCOTLAND: HIKING THE CASTLES, LOCHS AND HIGHLANDS

 

Hike the beautiful country of Scotland in the United Kingdom. Walk among medieval castles, intriguing lochs and ancient landscapes. Immerse yourself in Scottish culture, food and history. Participants should expect to hike six to 10 miles a day over rolling terrain.

 

Classes: April 25 and June 10 (7 to 8:50 p.m.).

 

Field Study: May 18 to 25. Fee: $2,950 (includes air/ground transportation, lodging, all activity fees and some meals). Tuition for one credit is extra.

 

Register for: PHYS-1803-FS073

ALASKA'S RING OF FIRE: KATMAI AND LAKE CLARK NATIONAL PARKS

 

Across the icy waters of the Cook Inlet, far from the population centers of south-central Alaska and along the notorious "ring of fire," lie some of the most rugged, beautiful and inaccessible mountains in the world. Rich with more than 900 square miles of glaciers, more than a dozen active volcanoes, a rich history of early Alaska native and pioneer life, and a population of brown bears that outnumbers people, Katmai and Lake Clark National Parks offer the able hiker an unmatched wilderness experience. Join us, as we hike among peaks, alpine lakes and waterfalls, visit the cabin of Alaska wilderness icon, Richard Proenneke, explore the "Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes," home of the largest volcanic event in the 20th century and experience the brown bears of Brooks Falls and the large salmon runs that feed them.

 

Class: June 5 and July 15 (6 to 7:50 p.m.).

 

Field Study: June 22 to 30.

 

Fee: $5,325 (includes airfare, shuttles, lodging, bush/float plane transportation, other ground transportation, park admissions, fees and some meals.) Tuition for one credit is extra.

 

Register for: PHYS-1803-FS063.

THE FAROE ISLANDS: HIKE EUROPE'S BEST KEPT SECRET

 

Tucked away in the North Atlantic Ocean, somewhere between Iceland, Norway and Scotland, lie the isolated Faroe Islands, a magnificent archipelago of 18 mountainous islands rich in culture, legend and hiking paths. During this week-long adventure, we will travel where waterfalls plunge into the ocean, among solitary cliffs, basalt sea stacks, turf-roofed cottages and sea bird colonies all while becoming stronger, safer and more mindful hikers. Participants must plan on being active for 6 hours a day.

 

Class: August 5 and September 23, 2019 (6 to 7:50 p.m.).

 

Field Study: August 24 to 31, 2019.

 

Fee: $3840 (includes air, water and ground transportation, hotel lodging, admissions and some meals.) Tuition for one credit is extra.

 

Register for: TBA

For more information on upcoming courses, choose a link on the left.

 

 

 

To register:

 

Contact the Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad office at (630) 942-2356

 

or

 

Log on to myaccess.cod.edu