Come prepared; we hike—a lot!
It’s true. We spend the entire program outdoors conducting field activities, hiking, backpacking, snorkeling, camping, canoeing, experiencing the wonders of nature first-hand. Students often tell Wildlands Studies that the physical challenge of our projects is one of their greatest sources of personal empowerment and accomplishment.
Many students may find aspects of this program to be physically demanding, especially when we are at altitude, in the rain, under the hot tropical sun, or trekking through a recent snowfall. We spend long days in the field conducting observations or group research and may have to walk long distances to do so. We also walk short and long distances with our large backpacks to access a field site.
Physical conditioning is a critical part of planning and participation in our programs. As a measure of physical fitness, we expect students to be able to hike five to eight miles easily while carrying a thirty pound backpack, and enjoy living and working in the outdoors. It is essential you are well-prepared both physically and mentally.