Jordan: Hiking Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea

The man-made and natural wonders of Jordan have been attracting travelers for ages. Join us on this active cultural adventure as we hike the gorge of Wadi Mujib, float in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea, and trek through the rose-rock canyons of the lost city of Petra, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Our journey will conclude among the soaring sandstone and granite cliffs of Wadi Rum. Here we will travel to a desert camp to learn about the ancient Bedouin culture, ride camels, eat traditional meals and overnight under the vast night sky. Other activities include trekking in the Ajloun Nature Reserve and the Dana Biosphere Reserve. Expect to hike up to 8 miles a day. Class: February 26 and April 27, 2020 (6 to 8:50 p.m.). Field Study: Field Study: March 28 to April 5, 2020. Fee: $3,475 (includes air and ground transportation, hotel and camping (1 night) accommodations, most meals, entrance/activity fees, local guides and tips). Tuition for one credit is extra. Information: Gib Egge, (630) 942-2787, email: eggegi@cod.edu. Register for PHYS-1803-FS038.

Vienna to Budapest: Biking the Blue Danube

Ride one of Europe's classic cycling routes through forests, enchanting river landscapes, quaint villages, Baroque-style squares and countless cultural sites, following Europe's second largest river, the Danube, along the way. Explore three European capitals; the music-rich city of Vienna, the young yet medieval Bratislava, and the architecturally stunning Budapest. Over the span of six days, participants must be comfortable riding between 25 and 42 miles a day over flat terrain with the occasional slight hills. Classes: April 22 and June 15 (6 to 8:50 p.m.). Field Study: May 16 to 25. Fee: $2,990 (includes air/ground transportation, hotel lodging, luggage transport between hotels, bike rentals, attraction admissions and most meals). Required tuition is extra. Information: Gib Egge, (630) 942-2787, email: eggegi@cod.edu Register for PHYS-1804-FS070.

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 24, 2020 (6 to 8:50 p.m.). Field Study: July 9 to 18, 2020. Fee: $3,750 (includes air, ground and water transportation, hotel accommodations, park admissions, excursions and some meals). Tuition for one credit is extra. Information: Gib Egge, (630) 942-2787, email: eggegi@cod.edu. Register for PHYS-1803-FS063.

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: Sept. 9 and Oct. 26 (6:30 to 8 p.m.). Field Study: Sept. 26 to Oct. 3, 2020. Fee: $1,849 (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. Register for PHYS 1803 FS025.

Hiking: Historic Civil War Battlefields and Parks

Join us as we travel to our Nation's Capital region during peak fall color season to explore the dramatic landscapes and events that helped define us as young a nation. Visit the National Park Service protected battlefields of Manassas, Antietam and Gettysburg and end the experience at the Appomattox Court House where on April 9, 1865, the Confederacy was forced to surrender. Participants should be comfortable hiking on average six miles per day as we learn about equipment, wilderness ethics and conservation issues. Class: Sept. 16 (6 to 7:50 p.m.). Field Study: Oct. 18 to 24. Fee: $1,474 (includes air/ground transportation, hotel accommodations, park admissions and some meals). Required tuition is extra. Information: Gib Egge, (630) 942-2787, email: eggegi@cod.edu. Register for PHYS 1803 FS020.

Hiking: Virgin Islands National Park

Established in 1956, Virgin Island National Park preserves two thirds of the island of St. John and the coral reef rich surrounding waters. Join us as we explore the diverse hiking trails and discover first-hand, the historical landmarks, prehistoric past and natural beaches that make this uncommon National Park one the most pristine islands in the Caribbean. When we are not hiking, opportunities to snorkel many of the protected coral reefs and a sea kayaking excursion to Hurricane Hole and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument will expose us to mangrove forests and a complex system of marine life. Participants should plan on hiking 5-10 miles a day. No passport is required. Class: Dec. 16 and Feb. 8, 2021 (6 to 7:50 p.m.). Field Study: Jan. 17 to 23. Fee: $3.075 (includes air/ground transportation, airport shuttles, ferries, hotel accommodations, park admissions, activity fees and some meals). Required tuition is extra. Information: Gib Egge, (630) 942-2787, email: eggegi@cod.edu. Registration TBA.

Alaska's Winter Wonders: Aurora to Iditarod

Situated under the auroral oval, Alaska's geographical location is perfect for viewing one our planet's most mysterious natural phenomenons – the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Join us as we head north to Anchorage, Denali National Park and Fairbanks, Alaska to experience these solar storms and other unique Alaskan events unattainable during the busy summer months. Partake in the festivities of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, snowshoe among towering alpine peaks, drive your own team of sled dogs, soak in natural hot springs, and much more. Class: Feb. 10 (6 to 7:50 p.m.). Field Study: Mar. 4 to 12. Fee: $2968 (includes air/ground transportation, hotel accommodations, park admissions, snowshoe and dogsledding fees and some meals). Required tuition is extra. Information: Gib Egge, (630) 942-2787, email: eggegi@cod.edu. Register for PHYS 1814 FS040a>

Portugal: Hiking Lisbon to Algarve

Join us as we hike the southern half of Portugal. We'll explore Lisbon and Sintra before heading down the coast hiking the famous Fisherman's Trail and the beautiful coastal trails of Alrgarve. We'll then turn inland and head up to Evora before returning to Lisbon. We'll enjoy local food and historic culture visiting castles and small towns along the way. This field study will give you an active way to experience Portugal with a group of like-minded hikers. Class: Mar. 18 (7 to 8:50 p.m.). Field Study: Apr 17 to 24. Fee: $2959 (includes air/ground transportation, hotel accommodations, park admissions, and some meals). Required tuition is extra. Information: Gib Egge, (630) 942-2787, email: eggegi@cod.edu. Register for PHYS 1803 FS030

England and Wales: Hiking the Lake District and Snowdonia

Join us this 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. Class: May 12 (6 to 7:50 p.m.). Field Study: June 5 to 12. Fee: $2782 (includes air/ground transportation, hotel accommodations, park admissions, and some meals). Required tuition is extra. Information: Gib Egge, (630) 942-2787, email: eggegi@cod.edu. Registration TBA.

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