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“A new consciousness is developing which sees the Earth as a single organism and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed. We are ONE planet. One of the great revelations of the age of space exploration is the image of the Earth finite and lonely, somehow vulnerable, bearing the entire human species through the oceans of space and time.”

Carl Sagan

“Scientists have a moral obligation to clearly warn humanity of any catastrophic threat and to tell it like it is. On the basis of this obligation… we declare, with more than 11,000 scientist signatories from around the world, clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.”

BioScience, 2020

Explore the grandeur of the National Parks in the Western United States. Immerse in nature and wilderness of the Colorado Plateau, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyon de Chelly, Grand Canyon, and the mysterious world of the slot canyons. Engage in the immersive art experience of Meow Wolf that makes use of recycled materials and explore their sustainable business model. Learn food planning, rotation cooking, camp set-up, and about the carbon footprint of food. Visit a famous dinosaur excavation site and explore the science of the meteor impact that led to the end of the Jurassic age and to a global extinction event where 80 percent of life was exterminated on Earth. Investigate natural forces of global environmental change and contrast that with human causes of climate change. Tube down the Virgin River of Zion National Park and study the environmental preservation model of the National Parks in the United States. See the ancient Bristlecone Forest at sunset, surviving for 4,500 years in Bryce Canyon National Park as an example of biological resiliency of natural systems. Inquire how human development exceeds the physical and biological carrying capacity of Earth. Examine climate change on biodiversity and farming drawing on STEM disciplines. At Lake Powell’s shoreline, assess water issues and drought in the West and air pollution caused by coal burning power plants. Experience one-of-a-kind nature, camp, and engage in cultural immersion and service in Canyon de Chelly, the sacred homeland of the Navajo Nation. Journey through the Painted Desert on the way to the Grand Canyon. Hike and bike at the Grand Canyon while studying the natural ecosystem of the area and the impact of tourism. Take part in experiential learning through Science on a Sphere, geology museum, and the Ranger Program at the Grand Canyon. Go to the Hoover Dam, built in 1935, to trap Colorado River water and create energy, and think about renewable energy in the context of sustainability. The educator on tour is knowledgeable in environmental sciences and global climate change. Learning and college course credits are guided by Eligar Sadeh, PhD, professor and author.

Countries:

Start and Finishing Point:

Las Vegas, Nevada

Activities:

Grading:Introductory   


Pre-Expedition, learn the physics, chemistry, and biology of global environmental change. Review the expedition, familiarize yourself with other group members, and check gear. Take part in the immersive art experience of Meow Wolf that makes use of recycled materials. Inquire how single-use extraction is a cause of global environmental change. How can recycling of materials help address this cause? Explore the sustainable development model of Meow Wolf in this context, and how that model considers human factors that relate to issues of global environmental change.

Meals:  D

Transfer to the Saint George Dinosaur Discovery Site in Utah, and set-up a basecamp. Learn food planning, rotation cooking, camp set-up, and study and experience the carbon footprint of food. Visit the dinosaur excavation site at Saint George and explore the science of the meteor impact that led to the end of the Jurassic age and to a global extinction event where 80 percent of life was exterminated on Earth. Discuss how humans today are causing a “new” extinction event on Earth in the current geological era of the Anthropocene.

Meals:  B,L,D

In Zion National Park, study the Virgin’s River erosional forces, and the experience the geological composition of the sandstone walls of the Slot Canyons. Wade deep into the famous “Narrows” Slot Canyon. Investigate natural forces of global environmental change. Contrast natural forcing functions on the Earth’s environment with human ones, anthropogenic forcing, that exit today.

Meals:  B,L,D

Tube down the Virgin River with soaring cliffs above. Observe tourism development at the gateway town to Zion National Park. Study the environmental preservation model of National Parks in the United States. Transfer to Bryce Canyon National Park, and explore the ancient Bristlecone Forest at sunset, surviving for 4,500 years. Investigate the biological resiliency of natural systems. Inquire how human development exceeds the physical and biological carrying capacity of Earth and how that leads to global environmental consequences. Explore how and in what ways sustainable development addresses this issue.

Meals:  B,L,D

Spend the day in Bryce Canyon National Park. Explore climate change on biodiversity and farming drawing on STEM disciplines.

Meals:  B,L,D

Transfer to Lake Powell and see Lake Powell’s shoreline, which extends 2000 miles. Glen Canyon Dam, finished in 1966, created the lake from the waters of the Colorado River. Recent drought has dropped water levels and is showcasing the urgency of the water crisis in the Colorado Drainage. Explore the issues of water in the West, and air pollution caused by coal burning power plants. Visit the JW Powell Museum, Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Lake Powell, and learn about the Colorado river basin. Discuss water management in the West considering droughts and global climate change. See the Navajo generating coal power station. When it was operated, this power plant released more carbon, greenhouse gases than any other power station in the United States. Today, it is being decommissioned. Assess how human factors provide for a solution to carbon emissions by examining the reasons for this decommission.

Meals:  B,L,D

Arrive at Canyon de Chelly National Monument in the Navajo Nation in Arizona. Meet local Navajo guides and explore this sacred homeland of the Navajo. Camp on Navajo lands. Inquire how indigenous knowledge adds value to understanding the causes and providing solutions to global environmental change.

Meals:  B,L,D

Transfer to the Grand Canyon through the Painted Desert. Study the impact of tourism on the Grand Canyon, and investigate the natural ecosystem in the context of natural and anthrophonic forcing functions on nature. Explore the reaches of the Grand Canyon’s rims. Take part in immersive learning on the dynamics of large-scale global environmental dynamics through a film on the watershed of the West and Science on a Sphere. Learn from the geology museum and Ranger Program at the Grand Canyon on how natural forces change the Earth’s natural systems.

Meals:  B,L,D

Transfer to Las Vegas, Nevada and visit the Hoover Dam, built in 1935, to trap Colorado River water and create energy. Apply physics to understand and explain hydroelectric energy. Inquire whether hydroelectric is a sustainable source given water scarcity issues due to global climate change.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we will debrief following our expedition before our trip concludes in Las Vegas, Nevada. Post expedition, develop and present a report on the project plan developed during the expedition as part of the post-course work following this trip.

Meals:  B


Learning outcomes for students

Environmental Studies in the Grand Canyon focuses on a scientific exploration of large-scale environmental systems on Earth drawing on physics, chemistry, biology, and technology. Human factors related to cultural, economic, ethical, political, and social interactions of societies and individuals with the environment are also considered. In this expedition, you will understand, explain, evaluate, and assess the Earth’s complex set of environmental systems and the impacts and consequences of humans on those systems.
• Apply scientific knowledge to evaluate and assess the dynamics of global environmental systems.
• Understand that the Earth is a finite system and the constraints that places on human development.
• Examine the role of sustainability to address the challenges of global environmental problems.
• Recognize that environmental problems are caused and solved by decisions of societies and individuals.
• Create innovative solutions to global environmental issues by engaging collaboratively, locally, and globally.
• Incorporate environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and community engagement to address global environmental problems.
• Engage in collaboration and leadership through group activities, while developing grit, resiliency, and vision.
• Explain and communicate the progress of a project orally and in writing.
• Investigate and integrate knowledge and ideas from different STEM disciplines.
• Explore career pathways in Environmental Sciences.


Inclusions

  • 12 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 12 dinners
  • 2 nights twin share hotel and 10 nights camping
  • Private transport throughout
  • College course credit guided by a PhD level expert in the field, Dr. Eligar Sadeh
  • Expert educator specializing in Environmental Science
  • Wilderness guide/driver
  • national park entry fees and sightseeing as specified
  • all group camping equipment
  • option to earn three college credits for Environmental Science at an additional USD$170 per credit

  • Flights and airport taxes
  • Cost of laundry, soft drinks and beverages
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visas, if required
  • Medical treatment
  • Personal expenses and items of a personal nature
  • Tips
  • Airport transfers
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Day pack

About Your Leader

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Learning and college course credits are guided by Eligar Sadeh, PhD, who has been an Aerospace Professional for the past 40 years and “The Man Who Wrote the Book '' on the human relationship to the space enterprise. Dr. Eligar (Eli) is Founder of Astroconsulting International LLC and the non-profit Astropolitics Institute; Chief Editor of the academic journal Astropolitics; and a Professor and STEM educator since 1999 of Aerospace Engineering, Astrophysics, Physics, Astropolitics, Business, Social Entrepreneurship, and Environmental Sciences. Professional experiences include work with NASA, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, SpaceX, University of Colorado, Colorado State University, U.S. Air Force Academy Eisenhower Center of Space and Defense Studies, U.S. Air Force Space Command, University of North Dakota Aerospace Sciences and Space Studies, International Space University, and foreign national space agencies and academic institutions. Eligar’s leadership in aerospace and seminal publications and books helped revolutionize the way we think about the development and exploration of space.

All of our USA tour leaders are certified in First Aid and CPR and registered as official guides with the national parks. All of them are trained to guide hikes.


Grading

Introductory

Introductory adventures are designed with the first time trekker in mind. They are challenging enough to make it a real adventure holiday, however the daily physical exercise is around six to eight hours and altitudes generally less than 4,200m. Introductory adventures are not necessarily easy. There will be some long steep ascents and some rough ground to cover. Remember trekking rarely involves flat terrain. Two to three months prior to departure you should spend thirty minutes to one hour exercising, three or four times per week eg. Hard walking, jogging or cycling. To prepare for a walking holiday we recommend you take every opportunity to walk up and down stairs and/or hills, for leg strengthening and aerobic fitness. Please remember the fitter you are the more you will enjoy your holiday.


Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning
Programs

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.

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