Southwest Outdoor Adventure

Native Voices and Natural Wonders

Native Voices and Natural Wonders

"The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself…The elements that unite to make the Grand Canyon the most sublime spectacle in nature are multifarious and exceedingly diverse." John Wesley Powell (1869)

The Natural World: Water Air Land Space. There’s no place on earth that can inspire alignment with the elements quite like the Grand Canyon. The sheer vastness of it can make you feel humble insignificance, like a single…

"The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself…The elements that unite to make the Grand Canyon the most sublime spectacle in nature are multifarious and exceedingly diverse." John Wesley Powell (1869)

The Natural World: Water Air Land Space. There’s no place on earth that can inspire alignment with the elements quite like the Grand Canyon. The sheer vastness of it can make you feel humble insignificance, like a single grain of sand on an infinite shoreline. It can also make you feel dizzying strength, in awe of our incredible natural world. On this exclusive experience, students understand the Grand Canyon through a human geographer's lens. As the Earth’s climate, life, and landscape are informing humans of their impact, this program invites students to draw upon ancient wisdom, and envision more sustainable possibilities. What is the “why and how” about this national treasure? In what ways have humans sought to coexist, master and manage this natural wonder? What lessons can the Southwest and Navajo Nation teach us to apply in our daily lives? Through a balance of active engagement, guided excursions, and quiet reflection, students discover answers to questions of responsible global citizenship and the importance of living in harmony with the elements.

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore the South Rim Trail with conservationists
  • Hands-on outdoor Geology experiential course
  • Ancient stories and Native history of the canyon
  • Volunteer activity with the Navajo Nation
  • Half Day Float through the wonders of Glen Canyon: Petroglyph Beach, Horseshoe Bend and Lee’s Ferry
  • Absorb the rich oral history and learn Navajo lessons of harmony and balance, the immersion of man, and the purpose of life
  • Enjoy traditionally built hogans, storytelling, history, a weaving presentation, and Native American dancing
  • Sedona wonders and history scavenger hunt
  • Southwest Cuisine
  • Understand your role in protecting the natural world: water, air, space and land
  • Optional Add On: Canyon de Chelly National Monument