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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: PHYS 1811 FS001
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: PHYS 1813 FS051
EDGE OF THE CONTINENT: CALIFORNIA'S COASTAL PARKS
Travel along scenic highway 1 and experience the dramatic, diverse parks along the rugged coastline of California. Hike among the massive, majestic redwoods of Muir Woods, explore the wild coast of Point Reyes, visit Pinnacles, America's newest National Park, travel along the rocky Big Sur coast and cruise over to Channel Islands National Park to hike the “North American Galapagos”. Learn low impact travel techniques while hiking 5 to 10 miles a day.
Class: February 21, 2018 (6 to 7:50 p.m.).
Field Study: March 4 to 10, 2018.
Fee: $1980 (includes air, ground and water transportation, airport shuttles, hotel lodging, park admissions and some meals)
Register for PHYS-1800-FS033.
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 25 (6 to 7:30 p.m.).
Field Study: May 4 (9:00 a.m.) to 6.
Fee: $25 *was $135* (includes transportation, camp fees, group camping equipment, trail passes and park admissions).
Register for PHYS-1804-FS030.
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: PHYS 1800 FS077
SEA KAYAKING: VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK
Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota encompasses 650-miles of shoreline on 30 lakes dotted with 500 islands, a perfect environment to explore by sea kayak. Explore the same water trails that were traveled over 250 years ago by the Ojibwa and French Voyageurs paddling birch bark canoes laden with animal pelts. Learn paddle strokes, rescues, navigation and low-impact camping during this paddling adventure along the United States/Canadian border. Beginners, and more experienced paddlers welcome. Expect to paddle up to 6 hours per day.
Class: July 24 (7 to 8:50 p.m.).
Field study: July 31 to August 5, 2018.
Fee: $290 (includes ground transportation, permits, entry fees, camping/lodging fees, group kayaking/camping equipment, and most meals). Tuition for 2 credits is extra.
Register for codes: PHYS 1800 FS060 and PHYS 1800 FS061.
NORWAY: FJORD HIKING THE LAND OF THE VIKING
Carved by the North Atlantic, glaciers and time, the deep, rugged fjords of the Norwegian coast offer the able hiker access to some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Travel from Stavanger to Ålesund along incredibly scenic roads and hike the best trails Norway has to offer including Pulpit Rock, Trolltunga and Kjeragbolten. Visit quaint villages and historic landmarks, cruise the Aurlandsfjord and the UNESCO-protected Nærøyfjord, and ride the spectacular Flåm Railway along the way. Participants must be comfortable hiking 5 to 14 miles a day.
Class: July 25, 2018 (6 to 8:50 p.m.).
Field Study: August 18 to 29, 2018
Fee: $4950 (includes air and ground transportation, trains, ferries, hotel lodging, activity fees and some meals). Tuition for one credit is extra.
Register for PHYS 1800 FS085.
THE JOHN MUIR TRAIL: ANSEL ADAMS AND JOHN MUIR WILDERNESS - SEPTEMBER 2017
ICELAND: EXTREME GEOLOGY IN THE LAND OF ICE AND FIRE - AUGUST 2017
ALASKA'S NATIONAL PARKS: DENALI, WRANGELL-ST. ELIAS, AND KENAI FJORDS - JUNE 2017
AUSTRIA AND GERMANY: BIKE THE BLUE DANUBE - MAY 2017
ANCESTRAL CLIFF DWELLINGS OF THE SOUTHWEST - APRIL 2017
BELIZE AND GUATEMALA: RUINS TO REEFS - JANUARY 2017
APPALACHIAN AUTUMN: THE NATIONAL PARKS OF THE CAROLINAS - OCTOBER 2016
BACKPACKING: FALL COLOR IN THE SYLVANIA WILDERNESS - SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016
AUTUMN IN THE COLORADO ROCKIES - SEPTEMBER 2016
THE JOHN MUIR TRAIL: YOSEMITE AND THE ANSEL ADAMS WILDERNESS - AUGUST 2016
CANOEING: VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK - JULY 2016
BIKING: DOOR COUNTY - MAY 2017
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I register for a Field Studies course?
The easiest way to register for a Field Studies course is to call Lynn Dudzik in the Field Studies office at 630.942.3763. Lynn is always willing to answer any questions you might have regarding registration and payments.
How many people do you take on your Field Studies courses?
I try to keep groups small so we do not have as big an impact on the environment. Also, because of many of the wilderness areas we travel to, restrictions are made on the number of visitors. 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 signing up for the course or courses?
No. All classes/trips must be taken for credit. There are no exceptions. However, many of the people taking these courses are not traditional students. Some people in my classes may not want the course credit, but they choose these course organized field trips because they want to learn about the focus of the field trip.
Can a payment plan be worked out so I don't have to pay all of the trip fee at once?
Yes. In most cases, students may register and begin paying for classes with fees of $500 or more. The office has a separate payment schedule set up for each course. Contact the Field Studies office at 630.942.2356 for payment schedules for specific courses.
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 people have new options 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?
Though it's hard to predict the ages of students who will register in a class, the average age of students participating in our classes has been around 40 years old. I have even had classes with students aged 18 to 80 in the same class.
What equipment do I have to bring?
Different courses have different equipment needs. Most of the equipment is provided for Field Studies courses like tents, pots and pans, camp stoves, kayaks, canoes, paddling equipment, backpacking equipment, climbing equipment, etc. Students may be required to obtain some personal items for their course like special clothing, eating utensils, water bottles, headlamp/flashlight, etc. Most students have these personal items, and some borrow the equipment from friends or myself. Food is provided on some of my courses, but students must provide all of their meals for others. Contact me if you have equipment concerns for specific courses.
Can I sign up for a course before my regular registration appointment?
Particularly in the case of more expensive trips, students may usually begin making payments for the "trip" portion before their registration appointment date. In this situation, your down payment will guarantee your space.
Do these classes count for graduation credit?
Yes. All classes offered through this department count toward graduation credits, either as electives or required courses. If you are planning on transferring, please check with the institution you plan on transferring to.
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. You may even take the same class over, for example, Rock Climbing, Physical Education 1841; 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.
What is your experience level?
I've been with the College of DuPage Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad department for over 20 years. Currently, I teach roughly 10 for-credit adventure courses a year, and am Coordinator of Experiential Education and Training. Over the years I have developed and implemented over two hundred successful adventure courses all over the world. I hold a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification and I'm also CPR certified.
College of DuPage
Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Office: BIC 3509
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.