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2020 Fall Gap

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Packing Recommendations

Instructor Team, Participant

Dear Dragons of the Rio Grande, Maybe you’ve had your pack ready to go and parked by your front door for three weeks already. Perhaps you were planning a frantic run to your local gear shop at 9pm on September 14th. Either way, you might have some......Read More

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Students are all together in Boulder!

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Dear Friends and Family, Orientation has kicked off for the Colorado River Basin Semester in sunny Boulder! The group has settled into their orientation site, this Victorian house, near downtown Boulder where they will be able to begin socially......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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Reminder: Pre-Arrival Health Screening Form

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Please remember to complete your Pre-Arrival COVID Health Screening form [link shared to your email] today or tomorrow morning. You need to submit this form before your arrival tomorrow and it should only take a few minutes to complete. Also,......Read More

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Voting While on Course

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Yak of the Week

Dear Students and Families,  Many of you are probably asking if it’s possible to vote in this year’s election cycle, and if so, how to go about doing so while on-course. In many areas of the world where we work voter enfranchisement is a right......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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Airport Arrival Information and Shuttle

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Dear Colorado River Basin Students, Wow, just a few more days before we’re all together in Boulder! I’m writing to let you all know the plan for your arrival at Denver International Airport and the shuttle runs we will be doing to get......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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Technology Information

Keshet and Jeff, Participant

Hello students, Let’s talk about electronics. This brief note is to remind you that the only electronic we encourage you to bring is your cell phone. If you would like to bring something in addition, please follow these guidelines: WHAT?......Read More

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Hey Everyone!

Gavin Roddy, Participant

Hi everyone! I’m Gavin. Im crazy excited to spend the fall semester with all of you guys. I had been considering a gap year even before covid hit, but when everything went south and quarantine was put in place, it pretty much solidified my choice......Read More

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Together in Boulder

Jeff and Keshet, Participant

Hello from Boulder, Colorado! It is hard to believe that we will all be meeting in less than a week now. We are so excited to finally see all the pieces come together – and this week  Jeff and I have been working to finalize all the nuts and......Read More

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Hi!

Grace McGinley, Participant

Hey everyone, I’m Grace. I can’t believe we are a week away from the trip and I’m so excited to meet all of you. The end of this school year and the summer felt like more of an extended spring break rather than 6 full months so I’m looking......Read More

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Hello!

Madeleine Verity, Participant

Hey everybody! My name is Madeleine and I’m excited to spend the next few months together. This program found me when my fall semester got canceled and I was in the midst of reading ‘Cadillac Desert’, a book about irrigation and water rights......Read More

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Hi Fellow Dragons!

lucas sirovich, Participant

Hi everyone! My name is Lucas Sirovich and I’m super excited for our fall adventure and even more excited to meet all of you! I’m looking forward to learning about sustainability, climate change, ecology, and everything else we’re......Read More

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Hi everyone!

Bailey Walker, Participant

Hi everyone, I’m Bailey! I can’t wait to meet you all and start our adventure together! I am eager to learn more about my relationship with water as I love the outdoors and am constantly reexamining my relationship with nature. I am an......Read More

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Hi!!!!!!

Audrey Smallman, Participant

Hey everyone! My name is Audrey. I’m so excited to meet you all so soon. I’ve lived in the same town my whole life, and I didn’t really grow up around a love for the outdoors or anything like that. Growing up, I focused on sports and reading.......Read More

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Hello :)

Penelope, Participant

Some things about me: I am a musician (sing and play guitar). My music is all over the place. I love Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Erykah Badu, Joan Baez, The Grateful Dead, Miles Davis, Neil Young, B.B. King, and many many more. I’d call myself a......Read More

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Hello!

Sam Bateman, Participant

Hi everyone, I’m Sam. I am so nervous and more importantly so excited to meet you all. This trip is like nothing I’ve done before– I’m a natural planner who finds comfort in the structure of calendars, five year plans, and to-do......Read More

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Instructor Introduction

Zack Siddall, Instructor

Hello Dragons Students! My name is Zack Siddall (he/him) and I have the distinct pleasure of being one of your instructors this fall on the Rio Grande Semester. Way back in 2012 while serving in the US Peace Corps in Rwanda a friend of mine told me......Read More