June/July 2017: Tetons

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Transformative. An experience that stays with you for a lifetime.  In June 2017, students will travel to the mountains of Wyoming – spectacular Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and lively, historic Jackson Hole. The early summer dates combine sunny, mild weather with the big waterfalls, exciting whitewater, and  abundant wildlife. Through place-based and dynamic learning experiences, students become more active participants, more engaged learners, and stronger community members.  They connect with real places and real people first hand; their stress is lowered, their confidence raised. They become better stewards of places, communities, and their futures. And they have the time of their lives!

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  • The Summer Journey

    • Summer 2017 dates: June 30 - July 10
    • Astronomy
    • Wildlife expeditions
    • Whitewater rafting
    • Canoeing/kayaking
    • Hiking in the mountains
    • Museums and concert halls
  • Cost and payment schedule

    • Total program cost $1500 +airfare
    • Deposit and flight payment ($1000) due February 28
    • Balance due June 1st
    • Checks payable to Summer Journeys
    • To pay with a credit card, click on the button above
  • Preparation and team events

    Students meet before heading West:
    • Team dinner/event each month in the spring
    • Shared experience
    • Community formation
    • Service learning
    • Identity formation
    • Curriculum introductions
    • Fun activities
  • Curriculum highlights

    Curriculum includes field science practice in astronomy and ecology, service learning, communication skills, art and literature, outdoor skills, history, active lifestyle, reflection, and expedition behavior. Students participate in preparation and community formation prior to the culminating expedition to the Mountain West.
  • Experiential highlights

    Students experience amazing places, document their experiences, and enjoy living in intentional community with their peers. The experiential highlight of this program is the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse. All this occurs within the emotional context of a team that benefits from the contributions each person makes to a successful expedition. Life-long memories and lasting friendships are formed.
  • Sample itinerary

    • Fly in/out of Denver or Salt Lake City, whichever has better price itinerary
    • Five days in Jackson Hole: backpacking, kayaking, hiking, climbing, swimming, ice cream, cookouts, field science practice, astronomy, whitewater rafting, hot springs, waterfalls, music festival, art museums, shopping, and more
    • Three days in Yellowstone: hot springs, scenery, wildlife studies, Grand Canyon, Old Faithful, geologic features, ice cream, cookouts