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Semester in the Wild


Undergraduate students who yearn to be outdoors and want to study science and writing in one of

the nation's largest wilderness areas may now apply for the University of Idaho's fall 2014 Semester in the Wild program.


Offered for the first time in Fall 2013, and open to all undergraduate students and interested

individuals, Semester in the Wild is a three-month field-based learning experience composed of 16 credits of upper-division

courses. The program takes place at the University of Idaho's Taylor Wilderness

Research Station, an inholding in the heart of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, and

at the McCall Field Campus, along the shores of Payette Lake. Students will enroll in field-immersive

classes that take advantage of Idaho's wilderness setting and develop a foundation in the unique

ecology, geology and natural history of Rocky Mountain ecosystems. Courses are taught by UI professors, and include Ecology, Wilderness Policy and Management, Western Literature, Environmental Writing, and Outdoor Leadership. In the event that classes would duplicate credits that a student

has already earned, credit for advanced courses can be considered.


The Semester in the Wild program will allow students the opportunity to:

*Study the unique ecosystems and history of the central Idaho Wilderness

*Take an inquiry-based course in river ecology that entail hands-on research

*Experience wildlife, forests, and landscapes that have inspired western literature

*Become immersed in an integrated and interdisciplinary program of science and humanities

*Increase communication skills through scientific presentation and environmental writing

*Develop leadership skills appropriate for groups in outdoor settings.


Information about the program, along with application materials, is available at



The consideration of applications will continue until the program is full.

Letters of interest from students at other institutions will be considered as placeholders through a

minimum enrollment review on June 10, 2014. Courses begin August 25, 2014.


For more information, contact Dr. Tom Gorman at (208) 885-7402 or>

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