OUR WILDERNESS HERITAGE
Fall 2011 Liberal Arts Seminar
Dr. Russell Souchek
Professor of Environmental Science
Environmental and Earth Sciences Program
“Shucks, this country ain’t no good! Not a speck of gold and too hard on cattle.”
With those words Joel Estes, the first settler to see the area near Rocky Mountain National Park, decided to move on. Now, as then, the area boasts magnificent vistas and mountain trails. In August, before fall term begins, we will spend four days camping, hiking the trails, and learning about the wildlife of the high country. We will also participate in National Park Service volunteer opportunities. This trip will provide a backdrop for the remainder of the on-campus course as we investigate the value of wild places and the impact of global warming on wilderness. Discussions will include the geological, ecological, and cultural values of the American wilderness at one of the world's most beautiful outdoor classrooms, the Colorado Rockies.
Photos taken by past participants can be seen below.
Attendance on the trip is not required for enrollment in the Our Wilderness Heritage class. Trip enrollment is limited to 10 students. Alternates will be selected in case there are cancellations. The trip takes place before first year students arrive on campus. See schedule below.
To see the Frequently Asked Questions page, Materials List, and other information go to the Our Wilderness Heritage website.
Students registered for the LAR 101 Our Wilderness Heritage course have the opportunity to enroll in this optional field trip that takes place prior to the start of fall term. After enrolling in the course, students who want to participate in the six-day field trip to Colorado will contact the course professor, Dr. Russ Souchek, email@example.com. Each student who contacts Dr. Souchek will be billed for this optional Colorado service learning trip shortly after contacting Dr. Souchek. The student will have two weeks to send payment to the Business Office. Payment should be sent to: Glenda Kjolhede, Business Office, Doane College 1014 Boswell Avenue, Crete, NE 68333.
An enrollment of at least ten students is required for the trip to be offered. If ten students are not enrolled by July 18, 2011 the trip will be canceled with full refunds.
After July 18, if one participant cancels due to unforeseen circumstances, the trip will still be offered. If two students cancel after July 18, the trip will be canceled. Those who did not cancel will receive a full refund. Students who cancel will not receive a refund.
Fee: $185.00. Make check payable to Doane College. Also bring funds for two meals while on the road and also for laundry and showers. Go to the Materials List for details.
Schedule for 2011:
Thursday, August 18 - Students arrive at Doane. Residence Hall housing provided for the night, evening class barbecue.
Friday, August 19 - Breakfast in dining hall. Leave at 8:30 a.m., arrive at Rocky Mountain National Park that evening and set up camp.
Saturday-Tuesday, August 20-23 - Activities in the park and surrounding area.
Wednesday, August 24 - Leave the park and arrive at Doane in the evening. Spend night in residence hall room.
Other first year students arrive on August 25 so trip participants will be able to start when first year student activities begin that day.
Doane Environmental and Earth Sciences Program
Rocky Mountain National Park