Grand Canyon Semester
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
2012 from Flagstaff, Arizona
Humans and the Environment: Issues Surrounding the
Natural and Cultural Landscapes of the Southwest
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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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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