Travel Study Programs > Yellowstone July
A field experience and travel study course to South Dakota and Wyoming offered by the Departments of Biological Sciences and Geography and Geology in cooperation with the Office of Continuing Education, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (Biology 250, Geology 250, 4 undergrad credits; counts for General Lab (GL) credit.)
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Our primary destinations will be the Black Hills in South Dakota and the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Participants will explore the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from ecological and geological perspectives. While on the road to and from Yellowstone, the group will stay at local motels (multiple occupancy).
The K Bar Z Guest Ranch in Cody, Wyoming will be the group’s primary residence while in the Yellowstone area. Presentations on the topics of carnivore ecology, botany, mining, and human environmental impacts, fire ecology and paleontology will be offered on site. We will also talk to park rangers, researchers and other experts in the area. Students will have opportunities to use global positioning systems and other field survey equipment for the study of geology and ecology. A two-week online section of the course will take place prior to travel.
Plants and animals and their adaptations will be identified in a number of ecosystems. Students will participate in ecological data collection. Visits are planned to a variety of biomes, from alpine meadows to rivers carving spectacular canyons, to the fragile "badlands." The environmental impacts of human activity and the current land use issues will be explored. In addition, we will have the opportunity to observe the aftermath of various forest fires in the Yellowstone area, see some of the best geology that the West has to offer and discover how geologic processes have led to the development of the present ecosystems. We will study present and paleoecosystems and visit geothermal sites, fossil beds, mines and caves.
This course is open to all university students, or anyone else who has serious interest in these topics. Teachers who have participated in the past have returned to their classrooms with a wealth of materials including slides, photos, minerals and fossils. Students with disabilities may be accomadated. Biology or Geology majors/minors should take should take Biology/Geology 451.
Cost: $2300 (estimate) Based on 20 full paying participants. Includes lodging (14 nights), transportation, meal allowance, entrance fees, and all instructional costs including tuition for four undergraduate credits. Financial aid may apply.
To receive an application packet and additional information, please contact:
Kari Borne, Continuing Education, UW-Whitewater, Roseman 2010,
800 W Main St., Whitewater, WI 53190
Phone: 262-472-1003 (direct), Phone: 800-621-5376 (toll free), firstname.lastname@example.org