Explore America’s oldest Wilderness
On this course for 18- to 22-year-olds, explore a pristine desert and gain the skills to start a lifetime of exploring. Wake up in the morning to cook breakfast on a camp stove, listening for the early-morning sounds of coyote or deer. Learn about the area’s ecology as you climb high ridges and explore ponderosa pine forests. Absorb thousands of years of human history as you come upon artifacts left by the cliff-dwelling Mogollon people. On this course, you’ll explore the Gila National Forest, the United States' first designated wilderness, as you develop outdoor skills like minimum-impact camping, map reading, and navigating off-trail.
Leadership will also be a key component of this course. Learning to navigate off-trail becomes a lesson in decision making, while resolving a group conflict becomes an opportunity to practice communication and learn about group dynamics. Meeting new challenges is your opportunity to set and follow through on goals. By the end of this course, you’ll have the experience to start your own human-powered exploration.