Full Course Description

The 2016 field academy trip to Taos, New Mexico is a nine-day experience designed to immerse students in Southwest Native American culture by combining outdoor adventures, community service, and cultural awareness activities. Throughout the week, students will participate in a series of educational and outdoor adventures in the scenic Taos region including horseback riding, hatchet throwing, bread-making, participating in a traditional sweat lodge, visiting ancient Native American ruins, and hiking the famous Chaco Canyon region. As a service component, students will tutor and play with Native American elementary school children for several morning at Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in North America. Here, they will also learn about traditional Pueblo culture through such activities as jewelry making, storytelling, drumming, and musical performances.

The teacher chaperones and students will all live together in a lodge set amidst a scenic conglomeration of mountain ranges, gorges, rivers, open spaces and rock formations that have lured artists to this region for over a century.