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JAN 070: The Yosemite Experience
Moraga, United States; Yosemite Lakes, United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Jan Term
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Restrictions: SMC-CA applicants only
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Program Description:
Course Title:The Yosemite ExperienceCourse ID:JAN 070Instructors:Derek MarksContact Email:cjohnson@stmarys-ca.eduLocation:

Saint Mary's College (January 9 - 13 and January 30 - February 3)

Yosemite National Park (January 15 - 27)


Course Description:

The course begins with a week of study on campus emphasizing the history (natural, geological, ecological, artistic, political, and cultural) of Yosemite National Park.  Students will be introduced to the Nature Bridge educational philosophy and outdoor education methods and will select a term paper topic for further research and development.  Additionally, the first week will include preparation for outdoor education and leadership experiences with hands-on skills training, selected readings, and several outdoor adventures in local open  spaces and parks.

For the middle two weeks of the term, students will travel to Yosemite National Park, utilizing the facilities and instruction provided by the Nature Bridge outdoor education organization.  Trained naturalists will conduct daily field trips designed to educate students about the natural wonders and ecosystems of Yosemite. Students will hike, ski, and snowshoe and experience communal living while staying in dormitories, cabins, and tents throughout the park.

For the final week of the term, students will return to campus to reflect on their experiences, complete their research projects and provide final presentations.


Division:Lower DivisionPrerequisites:

No academic prerequisites.

Students must be healthy and fit enough to be comfortable participating in vigorous physical skills and communal living in a winter environment at altitude. 

Informational Meetings:

Attendance at one of the following meetings is mandatory for enrollment (contact instructor if you have time conflicts):

Wednesday 9/7, 1:00-2:00pm, FAH 125

Monday 9/12, 3:00-4:00pm, Galileo 110

Wednesday 9/14, 4:00-5:00pm, Galileo 110


Post registration meetings:

October 19, 2016, 3:00pm - 4:00pm, St. Joseph Hall

December 3, 2016, 3:00pm - 4:00pm, St. Joseph Hall

This program is currently not accepting applications.