New Student Orientation - The Eco Roadshow

Eco Road Show - August 19-23

The Eco Roadshow: An exploration of Durango’s farms, rivers, and wildlands and how they're all connected!

Fen Restoriation ProjectThe Environmental Center's Eco Roadshow is an awesome opportunity for you to make great friends and build a connection to this amazing corner of the world. You'll learn about social, environmental and sustainability issues by DOING: getting outside, exploring our natural spaces, and meeting the Durango-tangs working on this stuff (a Durango-tang our word for the amazing folks that live here, and yep you say it just like orangutan)! During our four day experience, we will:

  • Harvest veggies and cook a meal on a local organic farm
  • Boat the Animas River's famous whitewater while learning about water issues in the west
  • Help restore a high alpine wetland in our San Juan mountains thereby helping provide cleaner water and air to our region
  • Discuss all the ways you can get involved, how to be part of advancing sustainability on campus and in our region, and understand options for academic sustainability coursework, regardless of your major
  • Camp and cook outside together and sleep out under the stars in our local San Juan Mountains (or in a tent, if you prefer)

This experience is led by Environmental Center Student Staff who can answer all of your questions about life at Fort Lewis College and Durango. They'll provide their insights on what it is like to be a part of advancing environmental and social change. They're a fun crew, so get ready to start your FLC career as part of an amazing community!

When: August 19-23, 2018
Where: Durango-area campgrounds, farms, rivers, and wildlands
Total number of available spots: 30 (3 groups of 10)
Student cost: $200 (financial assistance available for those who qualify)

Registration is closed.

  • Day 1: Getting settled and making camp - Arrive at FLC at 9 a.m., drop off your stuff at your residence hall (all the stuff for your residence hall room for the year), meet up with your group, and head out to set up camp, go on a hike and get to know one another.
  • Day 2: Farming, Food Systems and Food Justice - Head out to the Old Fort, Fort Lewis College's very own farm. You'll help harvest the evening meal, plant some food for campus dining, and get to know all about farms, food, and food justice in our region.
  • Day 3: Hiking, Restoration & Sense of Place - We will head into the mountains where we will hike up to a local fen, a super cool high altitude wetlands. There, we will meet up with expert scientists from the Mountain Studies Institute to do some restoration work, learn how these ecosystems help clean our water and air, and get to know more about these mountains that surround your new home.
  • Day 4: Sustainability at FLC, Whitewater Rafting, and Water in the West - In the morning, head to FLC to check out your campus garden, meet with faculty, learn how to live sustainably on campus, and picnic up in the campus orchard. In the afternoon, you'll go white rafting on the Animas River through town while learning the fascinating tale of water in the west from our friends at the San Juan Citizens Alliance. Who has water and who doesn’t and what water allocation means for the future of western communities. At night, we'll head back to camp for a final night together.
  • Day 5: Pack up and head back to campus to begin FLC Orientation!

Food: At the Environmental Center, we believe that food is a pretty powerful way to express your ethics and also build community. During the Eco Roadshow, participants will rotate through cooking shifts where you work with our EC Student Leaders to chef-up meals for your whole team in our outdoor camp kitchen. Imagine bringing your whole kitchen outside and putting it under a canopy of ponderosa pines! Meals will feature fair, humane, ecologically-sound and local ingredients. Vegetarian? Vegan? Gluten Free? Or have an allergy? Not to worry, we'll design menus to accommodate all your needs.

Lodging: During the Eco Roadshow, you will get the chance to enjoy Durango's great outdoors! Each night, your team will return to your campsite to make dinner, hang out, and sleep under the stars (or in a tent, if you prefer). Our campsite will have water and outhouses. Campgrounds don't have showers, but we will have some great opportunities for swimming on our trip.

We will be spending large portions of our Eco Roadshow PEAK Experience outdoors, including camping at night. Accordingly, you will want to be prepared for the varied weather conditions that present themselves here in the San Juan Mountains. Late August is our monsoon season, so you could experience sunny hot days, rain, or even hail . . . maybe even in one day. Here is a link to our average temperatures and weather.

The below list represents the gear you will need to stay comfortable during your trip. All items are required unless otherwise indicated. After you register, you will receive more information on your personal packing list and rental options for any gear that you don't personally own. Keep in mind, your clothes and gear may get wet and dirty.

  • Daypack backpack - something you are comfortable wearing for up to an hour while hiking and that you can fit a rain jacket, warm layer and water bottle in (not a full-size backpacking overnight backpack).
  • One large bag for all your gear - duffel bag, backpacking bag, etc.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Pillow
  • Rain jacket or waterproof jacket
  • Warm layer - such as a heavy fleece or puffy jacket - preferably not cotton 
  • 1-2 long sleeve shirts - wool or synthetic preferred
  • 2-3 short sleeve shirts
  • 1-2 pair shorts
  • 1-2 pair pants
  • Socks for 5 days - wool or synthetic preferred
  • Undergarments for 5 days
  • Basic leather work gloves
  • Warm gloves - wool or synthetic preferred
  • Closed-toe shoes for hiking and walking around outdoors
  • Strapped sandals (like Chacos or Tevas) or extra shoes that can get wet
  • Sunhat or baseball cap
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sunglasses - ideally with retention strap like a Croakie
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick with SPF
  • Basic Toiletries
  • Medications
  • Backup pair of contacts or glasses
  • Notebook/journal and pen
  • Tupperware with lid (to eat out of), spoon, fork, and mug for hot drinks
  • 2 water bottles or 2 liter hydration bladder
  • Headlamp or flashlight (with fresh batteries)

We will provide all necessary group gear such as tents and stoves and three meals a day.

Download your packing list