Summer Course Offers Trips to National Parks

Jennifer Hurst, assistant professor of health and exercise sciences, will host a second informational meeting at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in Pershing Building 232 to discuss a new summer 2011 excursion course offering for individuals that could not attend in January.

This will be the last formal informational meeting prior to summer registration. The five-week course focuses on learning about the national parks through different physical activities.

Students will explore the unique geology, history, biology and specific conservation issues of both Yellowstone and Grand Tetons national parks. In addition, the course will introduce students to skills and techniques for engaging in outdoor physical activities safely, which will be used to explore these two unique environments.

An 11-day excursion trip to the national parks will be taken in the middle of the course, including hiking in Yellowstone, whitewater rafting on the Snake River and a one-day beginner mountain climbing course in the Grand Teton mountains.

Students are encouraged to come and hear more information about the course, including fees, schedule, topics and activities, and to see some of the places they could be studying and traveling.

For additional questions, or if interested but unable to attend, contact Hurst at or 785.4464. This course is open to anyone who wants to enroll.

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