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  • Locations: Speculator, United States
  • Program Terms: May
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May 2019 12/31/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:
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Faculty Leader: Steven Bouma-Prediger (

Program Dates: May 6-31, 2019

Location: Adirondacks of upstate New Yorkeco theo 2019

            Program fee: $1,225**
            Tuition cost: $2,100 (estimated)
            Total: $3,325
**Program fee covers all expenses except tuition

Course Options -  4 credits (choose one course):
IDS 492 (SRS)
REL 365 (RL2)
**All courses fulfill GLD requirement.

Important Dates: 
            Application Deadline: December 1

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.

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