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Be Safe, Go Slow.

Aaron, Dragons Admin

We often say that a common disconnect in returning home is that the traveler can feel so different inside, filled with new experiences and perspectives, but their old surroundings still seem the same. You may find that just as you have changed, so......Read More

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Final Thoughts From The Group

Instructor Team, Participant

Yak of the Week

Dear friends and family of the Colorado River Basin Semester, As we prepare to depart from Arizona, we’ve been telling stories, and figuring out how to tell the story of this journey. In all of our stories, one hero emerged as central, hero......Read More

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Land Ethic: Thoughts on Unity and Oneness

Grace McGinley, Participant

The path of a river flowing across a landscape almost perfectly resembles our bronchial tubes that fill our bloodstream with oxygen and our veins that pump it through us. Similar to the vast ecosystems that sprawl out across our planet, the human......Read More

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The group has parted ways.

Instructor Team, Participant

  Dear friends and family, After a wonderful 10 weeks traveling the length of the great Colorado River, our semester has parted ways at the airport in Phoenix. These ten weeks together have been a powerful time for all of us. As you prepare to......Read More

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A (small) glimpse into what the students have...

The Instructors, Participant

As instructors, we have lots of hope as a semester begins. We set out with high expectations of what students can learn from their environment – and we carefully craft a holistic curriculum and itinerary that allow for students to engage......Read More

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Final Reflections on Hope

Audrey Smallman, Participant

Yak of the Week

A few weeks ago in the canyons, Jeff and Kesh received news on their sat phone that the North Inlet of Rocky Mountain National Park was burning in a wildfire. I tried to picture it, the ash and decimation, but the only thing I could conjure up were......Read More

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Migrating Home

Sam Bateman, Participant

From what we’ve gleaned from ruins and artifacts and other traces of people past scattered across the American southwest, the Ancestral Puebloans once roamed through this landscape guided by cyclical shifts of drought and flood, cultural chaos......Read More

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Selected Drawings From This Semester

Kate Salke, Participant

Picture of the Week

I love painting and drawing— it’s how I synthesize a lot of my experiences and reflect on lessons learned. These are a small selection of some of the pieces I’ve made along this wonderful journey, each tied to a special place and usually many special people. First is Redemption. It’s based on a  conversation I had with Gabe Crawford, a wild seed tender who we spent a few days with. It seems to me that so much of this country is deprived of certain truths… especially the idea that we and the land we live upon are one system, one… Read More

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Last Round of Thoughts

Lucas Sirovich, Participant

While I’m sad that this course is nearing its end, I could have never learned so much about the systems of water, food, and land management in this country in only 10 weeks. I have developed a critical lens with which I now see the many ways......Read More

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Personal Land Ethic

Madeleine Verity, Participant

Coined by Aldo Leopold in ‘A Sand Country Almanac’, the term ‘land ethic’ defines a set of cohesive ideas that guide how people should interact with their natural environments. The past 10 weeks have given me a foundation of......Read More

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Uprooted

Bailey Walker, Participant

Within the Sonoran Desert, we are in a place of migration. Birds overhead flock to warmth and water. Snowbirds from the north load up in RVs searching for rare gems and warm nights. Migrant laborers come in buses dressed head to toe in clothing......Read More

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My Cultural Landscape

Penelope, Participant

The place I live in is a place of recreation and consumption. My family contributed to that in terms of serving the people who come to consume. My cousin is a ski instructor and I’ve grown to love skiing but in a sense, developed a......Read More

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What I have seen

Annabelle, Participant

“The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes, in seeing the universe with the eyes of another, of hundreds, of others, in seeing the hundreds of universes that each of them sees.”......Read More

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Page to Yuma to Tucson

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Dear Friends and Family,  I have an update and photos to share with you of the group’s recent travels. Despite being in more “frontcountry” settings this past week they have still not had much service in the vast southwest. We hope to share......Read More

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Hello Arizona!

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

I want to send you all a quick update that the group has crossed into Arizona. Yesterday they toured Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell to learn more about water infrastructure and they will be spending the next few days with Rocky Mountain Seed......Read More

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Photos from the San Juan and grand gulch

The instructors, Participant

A few photos from our last expedition… As we start to head south into Arizona, we have been thinking about how grateful we are for the last few weeks of quiet and reflection in these desert canyons. Our time in Utah has been brief, but our......Read More