Below are classes we have run in the past, but they provide a good idea of what we do! Grand Circle Field School holds its signature Sampler classes annually at each public lands area we serve. We run at least one river trip and kayak trip, and several Lodge and Learn classes per year.

Intergenerational Classes

Take a Walk on the Wild Side:
Wildlife and Endangered Species

Instructors: Chris Parish of the Peregrine Fund's California Condor Recovery Program, Dr. Richard Reynolds, U.S. Forest Service biologist and director of the Kaibab Plateau Goshawk Study
Denise Coil, Wildlife Rescue of New Mexico, rehabilitator
Dr. Brian Miller, Director Wind River Ranch Foundation
 

Bison and her calf at the Wind River Ranch (Photo courtesy of Wind River Ranch)This class, held at the beautiful Wind River Eco-ranch in Northern New Mexico, will appeal to wildlife lovers of all ages. Family accommodations will be in either large tents or indoor bunks, all meals provided.

Exploring and enjoying the outdoors with your child or grandchild is a wonderful way to spend time together. Join three outstanding wildlife biologists in a program that focuses on wildlife behavior and management through viewing and study of wildlife.

During hikes and at camp, instructors show how to recognize signs of wild animals and talk about how people and development have impacted the amazing animals that share this planet with us.

Class highlights include:

  • Short hikes to view buffalos, prairie dog colony, beaver dams and to watch for wildlife of all kinds
  • Learn how biologists track endangered species in a hands-on exercise
  • Birding class with Wildlife Rescue of New Mexico featuring live education birds, from owls to hawks to ravens for up close observation
  • A Roots & Shoots (Jane Goodall's International service project for children) representative will talk with participants about how to start their own service projects at home.

Water-Based Classes

San Juan River Rafting Trip

Date: September 6 - 13, 2010 (7 nights/8 days)
Instructors: Christa Sadler, Greg Woodall
Fee: TBD

San Juan River Trip photoThe rowdy and remarkable San Juan River is one of our special favorites! Savor the river with our exceptional instructors—geologist, author and songstress Christa Sadler and archaeologist and ethnobotanist Greg Woodall—on this eight day trip through the archaeology, geology, botany, human history and red rock scenery of southeast Utah.

Known for its swirling currents, sand waves and feisty rapids, the San Juan has a gradient steeper than that of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. It loops us past the remarkable balanced rock Mexican Hat, through the labyrinthine canyons of the Goosenecks and past ancient ruins, pictographs, petroglyphs and geologic wonders nearly impossible to visit by any other means. The spirited little river delivers us to the foot of amazing side canyons—Slickhorn Gulch, Grand Gulch and Whirlwind Draw—where we’ll hike to hidden grottos, waterfalls, quiet pools and hanging gardens.

This course focuses on the geologic and human history of the Four Corners area as seen in the rock layers, geologic features, fossils, and archeological remains found along the river. The history of the San Juan is inextricably entwined with the region surrounding it. It isn't hard to become part of this history, floating downstream beneath red sandstone cliffs and gray limestone walls. We'll have ample opportunity to explore the area and learn about the people and events that helped shape the land.

9-DAY SAN JUAN RIVER RAFTING TRIP TO CLAY HILLS

Instructors: Brad Dimock, RJ Johnson, Greg Woodall, Gary Ladd

The rowdy and remarkable San Juan River is award-winning author/artist Ann Zwinger’s special favorite! Savor the river with Ann and our exceptional instructors on the ultimate river trip through the archaeology, geology, botany, human history and red rock scenery of southeast Utah.

Known for its swirling currents, sand waves and feisty rapids, the San Juan has a gradient steeper than that of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. It loops us through the labyrinthine canyons of the Goosenecks, past ancient ruins, pictographs, petroglyphs and geologic wonders nearly impossible to visit by any other means. The spirited little river delivers us to the foot of amazing side canyons—Slickhorn Gulch, Grand Gulch and Whirlwind Draw—where we’ll hike to hidden grottos, waterfalls, quiet pools and hanging gardens.

Desolation Canyon Dory Boat Trip

Instructors: Brad Dimock and RJ Johnson

The spirited Green River dives through the 10,000-foot-high Tavaputs Plateau to form a gorge deeper than Grand Canyon. Contrary to what their names suggest, Desolation Canyon and Gray Canyon reveal intricately carved walls of rust, green, gray, and a thousand shades in between. These remote and magnificent canyons and alcoves reveal prehistoric Fremont Indian petroglyphs and the abandoned homesteads of frontier families: they are a holdout of the Old West where Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch hid from the law.

Savor the river with author, historian and boatman Brad Dimock and our exceptional instructors on the ultimate river trip through the archaeology, geology, botany, human history and red rock scenery of southeast Utah in traditional beloved-by-river-runners dory boats.

Best of the West Story Tellers
(aka: "The Lees Ferry Liars' Club")

A Lodge & Learn Getaway!

Instructors: Brad Dimock, Scott Thybony & Tony Norris

GCFS Instructors include some of the very best story tellers in the West. These guys have been so entertaining in the past that we've decided to turn them loose for a weekend filled with all the fun of dark skies, roaring campfires and great stories and songs. Delight in the great outdoors while enjoying all the comforts of Lees Ferry Lodge.

Class Highlights

  • Daily hikes in the Vermilion Cliffs and the Lees Ferry Area
  • Evening stories around the campfire
  • Cowboy songs and poetry

Condors & Raptors of the Vermilion Cliffs

A Lodge & Learn Getaway!

Instructors: Chris Parish (Director of the California Condor Reintroduction Project), Richard Reynolds, PhD (National Forest Service Research Wildlife Biologist), Bill Heinrich (Peregrine Fund Species Restoration Manager), and Shawn Farry (Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project Field Team Leader)

Delight in the heartwarming success stories of the California Condor and the Peregrine falcon and their narrow escapes from extinction as told by the folks who made it happen! Amusing anecdotes, fantastic stories, and fascinating facts.

Learn more about goshawks and the National Forest Service project to protect them through habitat management. Also, hear about Arizona's Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project.

Class Highlights

  • Enjoy daily hikes & field programs
  • Visit the Peregrine Fund’s California Condor Reintroduction Project HQ
  • Visit the Condor release site on top of Vermilion Cliffs to view the birds in pens and in flight
  • Learn through raptor identification classes and birding in the field
  • Relax and enjoy entertaining evening programs

Stars Above; Strata Below

A Lodge & Learn Getaway!

Instructors: Ivo Lucchitta, Ph.D., and Gary Ladd

Vermilion Cliffs is well known for its dark skies and brilliant stars. Contemplate the age of the universe and stellar evolution and enjoy outdoor star talks. No less spectacular than the stars, the geological features of the area inspire awe. Learn geology in the ultimate classroom at the base of the Vermilion Cliffs, the rim of Marble Canyon and in the greater Glen Canyon area.

Class Highlights

  • Daily hikes & programs in the field
  • Visit Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Overlook
  • Hike up Cathedral Rock & Chocolate Cliffs
  • Geology seminars and classes in the field
  • Evening star programs