Grand Canyon Semester

 
Even though I grew up in the Southwest and have always been passionate about the area, GCS helped me solidify that passion and understand how valuable the area's natural resources are and how applicable and interconnected they are. Being immersed in the landscape provides a resonating, inspiring connection that can never be replicated in a classroom.   – Maddie GCS 2012 from Flagstaff, Arizona 

Humans and the Environment: Issues Surrounding the Natural and Cultural Landscapes of the Southwest 

Dates: Friday, August 22 – Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Grand Canyon Semester offers a life-changing learning experience in the high mountains of northern Arizona and the deep canyon country of the Colorado Plateau. Students with a wide variety of interests and passions come from across the United States and around the world to join faculty in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities to investigate how humans impact, manage, interact with, and value the natural world. On backcountry field trips, in classrooms and art galleries, around campfires, in traditional hogans, and exploring the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, we confront key environmental and social challenges in these diverse natural and cultural landscapes.

The 2014 Grand Canyon Semester’s broad theme is Humans and the Environment, fostering a deep exploration of how natural and cultural landscapes are intertwined. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students experience the economic, political, artistic, ecological, social, and spiritual forces of water, land, time, and the lives of humans, plants, and animals. Students will explore how Grand Canyon National Park’s management, policy, and research strive to balance complex issues including mining, dams, tourism, land development, climate change, biological diversity and human ecology.

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Approaching Nankoweap 200
The GCS offers a life-changing learning experience in the high mountains of northern Arizona and the deep canyon country of the Colorado Plateau.

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