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Celie, Participant

Hey guys, my name is Celie, which is pronounced like the mattress (Sealy). I’m sure I’ll live to regret making this reference. Our adventure together will take up the spring portion of my gap year, and I cannot wait to dig into some......Read More



Nate Reddy, Participant

Hey everybody! My name is Nate, Im 17 years old and I’m from a small town in Ohio called Monclova. I would first like to say that I am incredibly excited to meet you all. I love meeting new people and already this seems like a fantastic group......Read More



Natalie, Participant

Hi all! My name is Natalie and currently I am enjoying the warm weather in Florida, counting down the days until our trip. I love spending time in the outdoors, swimming, hiking or bicycling anywhere with a view. I’ve never traveled in the......Read More



Jack Jones, Participant

What’s up everybody! My name is Jack and I am from Arlington, Virginia. I play baseball and I also enjoy cuddling with my two dogs at home! I’m also a super huge fan of the beach and love to spend most my summer days there. This will be my first......Read More


Less than one week out!

The instructors, Participant

¡Hola Dragons Rio! We instructors are in Apache Junction, Arizona getting final things together to meet you so soon! We are so excited! Behind us are the Superstition Mountains and eclectic cacti. Hopefully you have been able to complete your pre......Read More



Jacob, Participant

Hello, future comrades! I’m 18 years old and live in Las Vegas, NV. My most-played Spotify artist of 2020 is Charli XCX, my favorite podcast is Chapo Trap House, my favorite website is, and my favorite video game is Geoguessr.......Read More


Your Arrival Instructions

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Dear Rio Grande B Students, Wow, just a few more days before you’re all together in Texas! We’re writing to let you know the plan for your arrival at El Paso Airport. After you exit the plane, proceed to the baggage claim located on the......Read More



Eli, Participant

Hey everyone! I’m Eli, and I’m super excited for the weeks ahead together! I’m ready for this chance to step away from the big cities I’m used to and the technology I rely on while embracing the feeling that I get only in the......Read More


Quick intro

Elle Morris-Benedict, Participant

Hi I’m Elle! I’m from Durham NC and love backpacking! I spent my last semester at the Outdoor Academy in Pisgah Forest NC where I gained a lot more knowledge and love of the wilderness. I have two older sisters who I am super close to and am an......Read More



Serena, Participant

Hi! I’m Serena Jampel, and I’m so excited to meet you all! I can’t believe that in just over a week we will embark on our big adventure! Some facts about me: I use she/her pronouns, I am an East Coast gal (absolutely a core tenet of my......Read More

Rio Grande Semester - Group B


How to Pack Your Backpack Tips (Video)

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Hi Everyone, Rio Grande Semester (A) instructor, Maddie, recently made this short instructional video about how to pack a backpack for a Dragons semester. Maddie has covered literally thousands of miles on foot as a thru-hiker, so her packing tips......Read More


Yaking about Packing

The Instructors, Instructor

Dear Dragons of the Rio Grande, Let’s get yacking about packing! Please note, this post is not the official packing list! That info can be found on page 27 of your course preparation manual. That will tell you pretty much everything you need to......Read More


Technology policy

The Instructors, Instructor

Hello again RGS B Students! We hope everyone is doing well, staying warm, and getting excited to launch out of routine and into the desert this spring! One of the things we want to offer you is a fully present and meaningful experience. For seventy......Read More


Pre-Course Assignment

The Instructors, Participant

Hello Dragons, In just three weeks, we begin our adventure together in El Paso! In order to better prepare for our semester, we instructors have put together a few tasks for everyone to complete before program. The idea of this assignment is to get......Read More


Howdy from Albuquirky

Atieno, Instructor

Hola! I hope this finds you rested, warm, and excited about our future course together! My name is Atieno Ouma and I will be you instructor along with Jesse and Colleen. Before the pandemic hit I was working for Outward Bound in Mattapan,......Read More