Grow as a leader in the desert's canyons and rivers
Explore a living desert and find your inner leader on the Semester in the Southwest. Discover a desert that’s alive with coyote and javelina, mesquite and cactus. On this course, you’ll learn outdoor skills for rivers and mountains that you’ll use for the rest of your life. Follow the Rio Grande through steep, red sandstone canyons and wander ponderosa pine forests. Climb rocks warmed by the sun and explore the paths of underground caves. You might explore the cliff dwellings of ancient cultures or fall asleep listening to coyotes howl. Whether you know a lot or a little about the outdoors, you’ll find challenges on this course that will push your limits and help you grow.
You’ll learn more than skills for the outdoors. You’ll also dive deep into your leadership style. Every day will have new challenges that will push you to grow and bond with your group. You’ll practice communicating, making hard decisions, and working as a team. When you get home, you’ll be prepared to lead in school and beyond. If you’re ready for a challenge that will prepare you to lead, this is the course for you.
*Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 2018 by exploring one of these wild, free-flowing rivers. This course travels on the Rio Grande, which was one of the original rivers designated by the act in 1968.