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Grand Canyon Field Institute (GCFI) June Classes
June 4 - 7
A Grand Canyon hike from rim to river spans millions of years in geologic time, and takes one from a high-altitude forest to desert lowlands in very short order. Along the way there is much to intrigue the curious traveler. Big views, ancient fossils, amazing plants, archaeological sites and pioneer-vintage structures are all in plain view, and provide a plethora of topics for your expert instructor to address. Our introductory backpack begins with a thorough orientation, pack check and afternoon stroll along the scenic South Rim. The following day includes a 4.5-mile descent of the Bright Angel Trail to the towering cottonwood trees of Indian Garden Campground—home for a two-night camping adventure. A sunset visit to nearby Plateau Point with its command view of the Inner Gorge will cap the group’s inaugural day below the rim. The following day will feature a backpack-free day hike to the sandy beaches of the Colorado River for a glimpse at the forces that carved this marvel of a canyon. Depending on group hiking strength and weather, an optional visit to historic Phantom Ranch (several miles upriver), may also be an option. The final day of class includes a return to the South Rim on the Bright Angel Trail, each at his or her own pace, and a proud look back at the canyon that doubled as classroom and playground for three splendid days.
Wilderness First Responder
June 8 - 17
Whether you are a backcountry trip leader or merely a frequenter of the outdoors, the ability to react quickly and effectively in a crisis situation may prove to be a matter of life or death. Class participants who satisfactorily complete this 80-hour training will receive a Wilderness First Responder certification which is the industry standard for commercial outdoor leaders and guides.
Taught by expert instructors from the Wilderness Medicine Institute (a program of the National Outdoor Leadership School), the curriculum includes standards for urban and wilderness care situations, and emphasizes decision making and injury prevention. Some of the topics covered include CPR, dehydration and heat-related injuries, shock, spine and head trauma, musculoskeletal injuries, wound management, environmental emergencies and common expedition problems.
Wilderness First Responder Recertification
June 19 - 21
Taught by expert instructors from the Wilderness Medicine Institute (a program of the National Outdoor Leadership School), this class teaches participants the standards for urban and wilderness care situations, and emphasizes decision making and injury prevention. Some of the topics covered include CPR, dehydration and heat-related injuries, shock, spine and head trauma, musculoskeletal injuries, wound management, environmental emergencies and common expedition problems.
Special accommodations have been arranged for participants including complimentary camping at Mather Campground.
June 23 - 24
Many of the ancestral cultures had a highly sophisticated astronomy, one that often surprises today’s archaeologists and archaeoastronomers with its precision. The prehistoric inhabitants of the Grand Canyon region were no exception. Their ability to comprehend the patterns of celestial beings is evidenced by artifacts and art left behind. This class will help participants understand how ancestral cultures used astronomy to improve their lives through everything from planting to seasonal migrations.
Following a morning session of basic sun, moon and constellation astronomy, we will discover how astronomy was used by the Puebloan people of the Colorado Plateau. At night, we watch the stars, create our own constellations, and then examine the sky for native constellations. On the second day, a number of fun activities will demonstrate how archaeoastronomers conduct their research. We will finish with an introduction to Navajo astronomy which uses the same celestial movements and constellations, yet arrives at a totally different interpretation. The class is timed to coincide with the annual Grand Canyon Star Party (June 16-23) which features dozens of amateur astronomers who have their scopes trained on the heavens well into the wee hours for the enjoyment of park visitors.
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