This four-day, guided field trip is a unique opportunity to examine the natural history of local desert environments. Participants will survey local organisms including: mammals, birds, reptiles, shrubs, flowers and succulent plants. This class is designed for students 40 and over. The field class will take place in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area and Black Ridge Wilderness Area near Grand Junction, with access gained from the Colorado River using rafts. This class will focus on desert riparian and terrestrial ecosystems of Rattlesnake and Mee Canyons. Instruction will be provided on basic river rafting skills and safety; however, each day will consist of long day hikes exploring desert natural history topics. Hikes will occur on sometimes rugged terrain and cover up to 10 miles. The instructor will contact students regarding an equipment list and the pre-trip meeting. The supplemental course charge includes 7 meals, transportation, rafting and group equipment. Students are responsible for their own lunches. The supplemental course charge is nonrefundable. Minimum age 18. Course meets Thursday, 6/19, from 6-8:20 p.m. at CMC in Glenwood Springs and the field trip is 6/26-6/29. Cost: 2 credit hours of tuition plus a nonrefundable $165.75 course charge.
Cost two credit hours of tuition plus $165.75
Early registration is advised, as the course is limited to 12 participants. To register or for more information, please call 970-945-7486. Register online through the “Credit Students” link using Syn#83544.