In this Flagstaff-based program, students get to build friendships while exploring the extraordinary landscapes of the American West. After a visit to a local geologist’s lab, students explore Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Wupatki National Monument, the Lava Tubes, and many other locations to add experiential understanding to each site. We use Flagstaff and Sedona as case studies for looking at (un)sustainable tourism and its effect on local communities. Finally, throughout each part of the program, including our hike to the top of Mt. Humphreys at 12,635 ft. of elevation, we explore the complexities of Indigenous land rights that apply to every state in our nation. We ask the tough questions about heritage, culture, and water rights through interviews with local experts and families.
Explore and build an understanding of the geological history of the rich landscapes offered by the American southwest including Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Wupatki, and the Lava Tubes.
Demonstrate an understanding of regionally relevant issues of native land rights, water rights and management, and sustainable tourism.
Learn to find human stories of the past and the present in uncommon places through unique empathic interviewing techniques.