Overview

Deer Hill created the Gap Year to allow participants to be fully immersed in the Southwest landscapes by discovering the mountains, canyons, rivers and people who call this place home. The 70 day program deepens on historic Deer Hill programming by combining service learning, wilderness exploration, and group living with curated lessons that integrate multiple themes and perspectives into a critical examination of the American West.

AUTHENTIC LEARNING, IMMERSIVE CONNECTION
Participants will learn how geology, topography, geomorphology, and climate have shaped the region’s history and contemporary public policy. Participants will gain skills, certifications, and credits for prior learning during the program. Students who come on the Gap Year need to be prepared to engage in course curriculum in a mature and motivated manner. Attendance, attention, participation, and cooperation are essential to student success.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: 
Mountaineering, Mountain Backpacking, Whitewater Rafting, Canyoneering, Canyon Backpacking, Leadership Education, and Service Learning

CERTIFICATIONS EARNED ON THE PROGRAM:
Wilderness First Aid Certification (WFA), Leave No Trace, and Utah River Guide License

STATES VISITED:
Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona

COURSE OBJECTIVES: 
1. Explore maps and understand the limitations of these and other tools of geography.

2. Identify topsoil systems including microbiology, and taxonomy.
3. Explore the geologic timetable in relative terms.
4. Understand the three primary classes of rock: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic.
5. Understand and convey the structure of the Earth.
6. Define and identify distinctions between erosion, mass wasting, and weathering.
7. Explore the various processes that help curate landforms.
8. Define groundwater and explore how water in the west is managed.
9. Explore the major concepts and trends in the History of the American West while examining the historical events, movements, and characters that have shaped them.
10. Examine the racial and cultural diversity of the West and how this has shaped American culture.
11. Explore the validity of primary and secondary sources.
12. Begin to think critically about historical narratives, and interpretation.
13. Analyze and interpret stereotypes of the “Wild West” in pop-culture.

This Gap Semester aligns with Colorado Guaranteed Transfer Pathways college courses; Physical Geography (GEO110) and History of the American West (HIS235). Upon completion, participants can apply for Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) through a college of their choice.

Cost and Session Information

DATES:  August 30 – November 7, 2021  (70 Days)

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE: DURANGO AIRPORT (DRO) ORDEER HILL BASECAMP, MANCOS, COLORADO.

Arrive August 30, 12-6pm;  Depart November 7, 8:30am-2pm

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