"The mountains are calling and I must go, and I will work on while I can, studying incessantly." 
- John Muir

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Students who are accepted to participate in the course will travel for thirty days in the WFSI vans to many national parks and forests in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado.

In addition to learning about the geology, ecology, Native American history, American history, and environmental issues of the areas being visited, participants will be afforded the opportunity to test themselves both physically and mentally. Participants will camp, hike, swim, ride horses, sandboard, visit museums, and experience the natural world first-hand. Participants can be assured that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

Upon successful completion of the course, including three pre-trip class days and one post-trip clean up day, each student can earn one full ELECTIVE credit (1.0) in science through the Worthington Schools Summer School program. This PASS/FAIL elective science credit cannot replace a credit in any other required science course.

Tentative Summer Calendar. Click Here for printable version.

Cost: $2400

due in installments at spring meetings (see below)



All meetings will be held at Thomas Worthington High School in Room 176 at 7:00pm. Click here for copies of paperwork.

  • January 16 ($600 due)

  • February 20 ($600 due)

  • March 21* ($600 due) 

  • April 17 ($600 due)

  • May 15

Pre-Trip Classes - June 12-14

Departure - June 15

Return - July 14

Clean Up Day - July 15