Alaska Wrangell Mountains College Field Studies Summer 2019
Challenge yourself by becoming at home in a remote mountain wilderness, with the support of experienced teachers, including local residents. Learn through rigorous, hands-on academic field studies guided by senior scientists and land managers, poets and artists. Contribute to understanding of a place still relatively unexplored.
Join us for seven weeks with outstanding faculty in the nation's largest Wilderness and the historic town of McCarthy in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, studying ecosystems, geology, glaciology, climate change, people & protected areas, dynamic landscapes, and outdoor leadership.
June 22-August 9, 2019.
16 quarter units (10 semester units) of upper- division credit. Students often can apply some or all of the credit to their majors. Field research may provide basis for capstone projects and theses.
Four weeks in the backcountry, including a three- week backpacking trip across glaciers, into alpine meadows and forested valleys. Three weeks in and around the tiny town of McCarthy in the center of the National Park, based at the off-grid headquarters of the Wrangell Mountains Center, its organic gardens, and an easy walk to the Kennicott Glacier. No previous experience necessary. You will learn how to travel this terrain.
Opportunity to work in a learning community with faculty on projects contributing new knowledge, including management policy research in collaboration with National Park Service staff. The program is a partnership between the Wrangell Mountains Center and The Evergreen State College, in cooperation with the National Park Service.
". . . Regardless of how many people you talk to, how many pictures you look at, you won't be fully prepared for what you'll experience."
-Jeremy Pataky, McCarthy, Alaska resident, poet, author of Overwinter (2015 University of Alaska. Press, Alaska Literary Series)