Biking: Across the Iron Range on the Mesabi Trail

Spanning the great North Woods of Minnesota is the Mesabi Trail, a 145-mile paved path that extends from the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi to the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Join us as we pedal through forests, past countless lakes and small towns, and explore the early logging and mining history as we ride across Northern Minnesota's Iron Range. Expect to ride 30 to 40 miles a day over the course of four days. Classes: May 4 and June 13 (6 to 8:50 p.m.). Field Study: May 31 to June 5. Fee: $780 (includes ground transportation, hotel lodging, sag wagon support, all trail fees and some meals). Required tuition is extra. Information: Gib Egge, (630) 942-2787, email: eggegi@cod.edu. Register for PHYS 1804 FS060.

Alaska: Traversing the Inside Passage

Alaska's rugged Inside Passage is known for having an unrivaled assortment of wildlife, dramatic human history, and magnificent natural beauty. The entire region is shrouded in mountains, glaciers and the Tongass National Forest, the largest contiguous temperate rain forest in the world. Join us as we travel the scenic Alaska Marine Highway to destinations such as Juneau, Haines and Skagway, experience the remarkable Glacier Bay National Park, and take a brief detour to the Yukon Territory of Canada to traverse landscapes little-touched since the Klondike Gold Rush over 100 years ago. Become a stronger, safer and more mindful hiker as we hike 6 to 10 miles per day. Valid passport required. Class: June 22, 2022 (6 to 8:50 p.m.). Field Study: July 7 to 16, 2022. Fee: $3,750 (includes air, ground and water transportation, hotel accommodations, park admissions, excursions and some meals). Required tuition is extra. Information: Gib Egge, (630) 942-2787, email: eggegi@cod.edu. Register for PHYS 1803 FS063.

England and Wales: Hiking the Lake District and Snowdonia

Join us this late summer as we head to Great Britain's home for hiking, to explore glacier-etched valleys, curious ancient monuments, winding rivers and "fells" by foot. Along the way we will immerse ourselves in British culture, food and history as we learn to be safer, more mindful hikers. Participants should expect to hike between four and nine miles a day over rolling terrain. Classes: July 27 and Sept. 26 (6 to 7:50 p.m.). Field Study: Aug. 27 to Sept. 3. Fee: $2,949 (includes air/ground transportation, hotel lodging, park admissions and some meals). Required tuition is extra. Information: Rodney Buck, (630) 942-2800, ext. 52301, email: buckr@cod.edu or Gib Egge, (630) 942-2787, email: eggegi@cod.edu. Register for PHYS 1803 FS015.

Canada: Fall Hiking in the Maritime Provinces

Join us as we head to Canada's Maritime Provinces and hike these scenic coastal trails during the peak fall color season! Experience the world-famous Cabot Trail and the Cape Breton Highlands of Nova Scotia. In New Brunswick, we will explore the Bay of Fundy and the picturesque landscapes surrounding the highest tides in the world. Become a safer, stronger and more mindful hiker as we hike between six and 10 miles per day. Classes: Aug. 24 and Oct. 24 (6 to 7:50 p.m.). Field Study: Sept. 24 to Oct. 1. Fee: $2,239 (includes air/ground transportation, airport shuttles, hotel lodging, park admissions, all activity fees and some meals). Required tuition is extra. Information: Gib Egge, (630) 942-2787, email: eggegi@cod.edu or Nate Hambel, email: hambeln@cod.edu. Register for PHYS 1803 FS025.

Desert Hikes and Starry Nights

The stars at night, are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas! Head to the Lone Star State over winter break to hike among the astonishing diversity of plant and animal life in Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains National Park. As the sun sets, we will turn our eyes to the sky and marvel at some of the darkest night skies in the country where light pollution is almost nonexistent. Additional highlights include attending a star party at McDonald Observatory, and taking an optional trip south of the Rio Grande River to explore the quaint village of Boquillas del Carmen, Mexico (passport required). Become a safer, more mindful user of public lands as we hike up to six miles a day. Classes: Dec. 14 and Feb. 13 (6 to 7:50 p.m.). Field Study: Jan. 15 to 21. Fee: $1,966 (includes air/land transportation, hotel lodging, activity fees, admissions, and some meals). Required tuition is extra. Information: Gib Egge, (630) 942-2787, email: eggegi@cod.edu. Register for PHYS 1803 FS050.

Winter Adventure in Yellowstone National Park

Immerse yourself in the natural wonder of Yellowstone National Park away from the summer crowds! Spend your days snowshoeing among the seemingly endless snowy landscapes, marveling at geological wonders and incomparable wildlife. Explore the terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs, the world-renowned Old Faithful and Upper Geyser Basin, and the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley. Return each evening to the comforts of a hot meal, warm bed and shower. Participants will also have the option to try cross country skiing during some of the outings. This experience is ideal for beginner and intermediate snowshoers. Classes: Feb. 1 and March 20 (6 to 7:50 p.m.). Field Study: Feb. 19 to 25. Fee: $2,950 (includes air/land transportation, in-park snow coach transportation, equipment, park fees, hotel lodging, and some meals). Required tuition is extra. Information: Gib Egge, (630) 942-2787, email: eggegi@cod.edu. Register for PHYS 1814 FS040.

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