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  • Locations: Speculator, United States
  • Program Terms: May
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
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**2018 Application is Closed**

Faculty Leader: Steven Bouma-Prediger (

Program Dates: May 2018

Location: New YorkREL Ecology

            Program fee: $1,219**
            Tuition cost: $2, 100
            Total: $3,319
**Program fee covers all expenses except tuition

Course Credit:  4 credits
These credits can count as one of the following courses: 
                                       Religion 365
                                       Religion II
                                       Senior Seminar

Important Dates: 
            Application Deadline: December 1
            Scholarship Deadline: December 15

Program Overview: 

This course is a study of the nature and causes of current ecological degradation, the witness of Christian scripture and tradition concerning matters ecological, the duties and responsibilities of humans as earth keepers, and the practical implications of living in a more earth-friendly way. This is an off-campus course combining traditional academic study with a wilderness backpacking, canoeing, and kayaking trip in which participants learn wilderness camping skills and develop their leadership ability in addition to examining issues in the area of ecological theology and ethics.

We spend the first two days in class at Hope and then drive to Camp Fowler in the Adirondacks. After one day of whitewater rafting the Hudson River and another day preparing for our expedition, we spend the next 8 days canoeing and kayaking and backpacking in 2 different wilderness areas. We return to Camp Fowler for a day or two after the expedition, and then drive back to Hope for four days of class on campus. After those first three weeks, students return home to write their papers, which are due the last day of May Term. There are no airplane flights, no visas needed, no housing except tents and hammocks, and no fancy restaurants but lots of good food and many great vistas and a dozen or so wonderful friends.

REL Ecology

This program is currently not accepting applications.