This program is embedded within UC San Diego’s Making of the Modern World general education world history program, combining academic preparation and experiential activity. A 4-credit seminar in Winter term provides the academic preparation. After completion of the class, faculty and students travel together to the Colorado Desert, a region of the Sonoran Desert, at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in eastern San Diego County. With more than 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert SP is the largest state park in the American West. We will combine volunteer activity with experiences in a wide variety of desert terrain. This program will take place in Winter term 2022 with Spring Break 2022 desert program. Applications open in Fall 2021. Space is very limited.
This program focuses on engagement with the natural environment and explores the conservation and preservation movements, the exploitation of natural resources, issues of water in California and World history, climate change and fire, outdoor engagement and well-being, environmental justice and environmental racism. You do not need outdoor experience, but you do need a willingness to be entirely together in a group for one week, to lodge in a rustic setting, to hike each day, to backpack, and to participate in other outdoor activities in the desert setting.
Cost: $375.00. There is a Non-Refundable $200.00 deposit due upon your acceptance. The second Non-Refundable Payment for the reminder will be due by Feb 1. This covers transportation from UCSD , site fees, food, lodging, and activities over Spring Break. Preparation: Participation requires successful completion of the seminar in Winter, which meets on Mondays, 3-5:50pm.