Full-time access and participation of a team of three faculty from different departments highlights the intensive and interdisciplinary nature of this experiential course. Students will live in proximity on campus and be learning as a community throughout the semester similar to an experience abroad. Because of the special nature of this course, students will have the opportunity to explore and experience issues related to the Susquehanna River without the interference of other class demands and schedules.

Highlights of this unique experience include the following:


River kayak soujourns (ranging from 1-3 days)
Visits to museums, governmental agencies, and regional experts
Awesome scenery and wild places
River communities and interactions
Hands-on experience with state-of-the-art watershed science equipment and analysis
Visit the lower gorge of the river, power generation, bald eagles
Overnight stays at our new Roaring Creek Instrumented watershed Field Station

Extended visit to interact with Native American cultures at the Onondaga Nation in New York and the headwaters area of the river near Cooperstown, NY

A week on the Chespeake Bay - including bay cruises, interactions with local watermen, conservation groups, politicians, managers, and scientists and several days on the Virginia Barrier Islands World Biosphere site - part of the University of Virginia's LTER site
Observing the grand raptor migration along Appalachian ridges
Experiencing agricultural communities throughout the watershed
Studying the legacy of land use chagneds such as the anthracite mines and timbering
Pacific Northwest Excursion for study comaprative watershed study in the Sacramento-San Francisco Bay watershed and the Klamath Watersheds of northern California. (this will alsp include visits to the Sierras, the Lake Tahoe-Truckee River-Pyramid Lake system in Nevada, and the giant redwoods of coastal California.