The Yellowstone Project
The Yellowstone Project provides students with the opportunity to engage in policy-oriented fieldwork under the direct supervision of naturalists, ecologists and environmentalists who live and work in the greater Yellowstone area.
In partnership with the Yellowstone Association Institute, SXU has established a program that will have students spending most of each day in the field, learning to track and photograph wildlife and study the effects of wolf reintroduction and climate change on the natural environment and on the local economy. During the trip, students will meet local ranch families and environmental activists working to preserve the public lands of the Yellowstone ecosystem.
Earn Undergraduate Course Credit
- Participate in short-term interdisciplinary fieldwork
- Integrate the humanities and the sciences
- Earn one to three credit hours
- Satisfy capstone requirements at your home college or university
- Enroll in eight-day or 10-day sessions offered during spring break, winter break or late summer.
Yellowstone Park in the last weeks of winter is a world defined by snow. The deep snow in the high mountains has driven wildlife down into the valleys. The migrating bison and elk are followed by the wolves as the drama of predation is played out in Yellowstone's Lamar Valley.
Plan now to work in this remarkable setting!
- You will be guided by leading naturalists and environmentalists who live and work in the Yellowstone area and be accompanied by two SXU faculty members.
- Additionally, you will meet with local ranch families to hear their views about migrating bison and predatory wolves.
- Travel will take place during the week of spring break (March 4-10). Participants must enroll in HON 320 for the Spring 2018 semester.
- Students are encouraged to develop individual research projects in either the biological sciences (with David Elmendorf, Ph.D.) or political philosophy (with Thomas Thorp, Ph.D.).
What You Need to Know
High Activity Level: Some moderate to strenuous hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing daily. Students need to be physically fit.
Housing and Meals: Students will be housed in dormitory style rooms in a large modern cabin. Students will prepare group meals, reflecting the principles of sustainable agriculture.
Selective Admission: Spaces are limited: only 12 students can participate. All SXU students are eligible to apply. All participants must enroll in HON 320, by permission of instructors (contact Dr. Thorp: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Travel dates: spring break 2018 (March 4-10, 2018)
Until available spaces are filled.
Program Cost: $985. Program cost includes lodging, three meals per day and on-site transportation. Round-trip airfare is not included in the program cost, but it is estimated at approximately $700.
Thomas Thorp, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy
"This course and trip literally changed my life ... I'm now completing an internship at the Washington D.C. office of the Sierra Club."
On the lectures and speakers: "We heard from speakers on all sides, ranchers, environmentalists and some of the top research scientists working in the Park ... clearly no easy answers."
On encountering big horn sheep: "I was focusing my zoom in on one of the males in the herd, when he quickly turned to look back up the mountain. Another male was charging down the mountainside. It sprinted across the flat and just rammed the two other males. I see now why they call them rams!"