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Colorado River Basin Semester

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A Few Extra Days

Gavin Roddy, Participant

Unfortunately, the cold front that came through last night has forced us to stay in Boulder a few extra days. Although I was super excited to leave on Monday, this extra time together in the house has given us the opportunity to grow even closer......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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Some Thoughts

Lucas Sirovich, Participant

The first week plus has been eventful. Our stay in Boulder was filled with bonding, excitement, and adventure, although we embark on our main adventure tomorrow. I have already learned a lot about life in the west; the indigenous people’s......Read More

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Snow day and new backpacking departure

Instructor team, Instructor

Yak of the Week

With the snow falling, and temps dropping we huddled indoors today for the first time since becoming a pod. It is hard to believe that just yesterday we were hiking in 90 degree temps – and suddenly winter has arrived! Today was filled with......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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New Itinerary Plans!

Keshet Miller, Instructor

Hello family and friends, As some of you may have seen, watching the current weather in Colorado has been quite surprising! An early snow/winter storm is coming through the region today and into tomorrow – and therefore we have changed our......Read More

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Greetings from Boulder!!

Instructor Team, Instructor

Your instructor team of Maddie, Kevin, Zack and José the Cat are all here in Boulder excitedly awaiting your arrival. We’ll spend these days leading up to when y’all arrive working out the final details of the course. If you have any questions......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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Food awareness

Bailey, Participant

This first week in Boulder has put me face to face with something I am constantly separated from, my food. I came on this trip enthusiastic to learn more and familiar with how water has impacted my life through recreation, but fundamentally......Read More

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We are all eyes of our own world

Kate, Participant

The first few days in Boulder have been hot, busy, and wonderful. We’ve spent time talking to a lot of different people with different perspectives on the land and water. From the last Arapahoe woman in Boulder to a water manager at a nearby......Read More

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Hello from Ethan

Ethan, Participant

Hey everyone, My name is Ethan. As the days to course draw closer, I’m getting more and more excited and anxious to meet you all! With this date looming comes a wave of anxious thoughts for me: what will the group be like? Will my gear be good......Read More

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Birthdays, bikes, and beets!

Keshet Miller, Participant

Today was a super filled day. We traveled by bike, harvested lots of food from Sunbeam farm (yes, lots and lots of beets), and celebrated Bailey’s birthday! We’ve been diving into topics of food today – thinking more critically about where......Read More

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Orienting to Place

Keshet Miller, Participant

Dear family and friends, The students have quickly fallen into daily routine here. With an early breakfast and meditation we start the day checking in with one another – before heading off into various activities. Even in just a few days we......Read More

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Hi from Will

Will Cochran, Participant

Hello everyone! My name is Will Cochran. I am 19 years old and from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My motivation for doing a dragons program was that I wanted to do something different. I was originally going to participate in the Nepal semester but......Read More

Rio Grande Semester

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Instructor Introduction: Meet Kevin!

Kevin Witkow, Instructor

Hello! For all of us, these are strange times. Unexpectedly joining a new program, writing introductory notes, and diving into preparations and planning are all exciting challenges, and in a funny way these tasks have normalized these past weeks for......Read More

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Rio Grande Semester Technology Policy

Instructor Team, Participant

Hello to the Rio Grande Semester crew! We hope everyone is doing well, staying above water in this wild season of transition, and getting excited to launch out of routine and into unfamiliar territory this fall! Our instructor team is all in......Read More

Rio Grande Semester

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A Few Pre-Course Tasks

Instructor Team, Instructor

PRE-COURSE ASSIGNMENTS 1.) Please introduce yourself here on our Yak Board. Our Yak Board is like a group journal. Throughout the course each of us will be posting regular reflections, photos and updates for our friends and families back home. Then......Read More

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Your Tentative Rio Grande Itinerary

Instructor Team, Participant

Hello Rio Grande Semester (RGS) students! We’d like to present to you all your Fall 2020 tentative RGS itinerary! Before we jump into the details of the places we’ll be visiting we feel it’s important to tell you a little about how we came......Read More