new student orientation
Go Out & Do
Now more than ever, our world needs us to connect and take action so future generations come into a place of abundance and opportunity. From our location in Southwest Colorado, we have unique opportunities to make a positive impact on our environment through conservation, restoration, food production, and the ways we live.
You will spend four days before the start of Orientation learning by doing, immersing yourself in the kind of work that makes a difference:
For more information, please contact Environmental Center Coordinator Marty Pool at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 970-247-7091
When: August 23-27, 2020Where: FLC Old Fort and surrounding landsNumber of students: 40Student cost: $200
Registration opens on March 2, 2020.
*A more detailed itinerary will be sent out to participants in the weeks prior to your Peak Experience, but here is what you can expect for the Earth In Your Hands program.
On Sunday we will meet up at the Fort Lewis College campus, so some activities to get to know each other, and then head out to our “base-camp” at the Old Fort at Hesperus. Once there, we will settle into our camp, do some team building, and share a meal as we look toward the week ahead.
Each day will look a little different, but a typical day will look like this: we’ll all share a group breakfast together at camp, take part in a morning program, eat some lunch, continue with some afternoon programs, enjoy some downtime, share a delicious dinner, and enjoy time together around camp as evening slips into night. Daily programs will consist of activities like working in the sustainable garden at the Old Fort, ecosystem restoration stewardship programs, meeting FLC professors that work on environmental specialties, and other ways of enjoying our beautiful outdoors and getting our hands dirty!
We will spend one last morning together and then head back to FLC’s main campus. Once there you will have the chance to get settled into your residence hall room and connect with the start of FLC’s Orientation. While you’ll be wrapping up a great week from your Peak Experience, Orientation weekend is the springboard to your entire Fort Lewis College experience.
The Earth In Your Hands Peak Experience trips costs $200 and includes meals, transportation, and tents for sleeping out at the Old Fort. Participants are responsible for bringing their own personal gear – see the Packing List tab for more information.
Substantial financial assistance up to $200 is available for those who qualify. To apply, please complete the registration process, including the financial assistance application. This will hold your space on the trip as we review financial assistance applications on a rolling basis. You will be notified no later than June 30 if you qualify for assistance, and you can make your decision to confirm your registration at that time.
The items below are the MINIMUM REQUIRED items to keep you safe and comfortable during your experience. Summer weather in the San Juan Mountains is very unpredictable and can range from sunny weather, freezing rain, to even snow. If you are not accustomed to cold weather, or know you get cold easily, please bring extra warm layers. Even though we are not on a backpacking trip, you should ideally be able to carry all your gear by yourself in order make things easier as we settle into camp.
Rentals are available for some essential gear items. You will receive a rental request form as part of the application process.
You do not have to have super high-end gear to enjoy your experience! You can purchase many items at thrift stores or find inexpensive versions at stores like Walmart or Target. A copy will also be sent to you as part of your application process.