GRAND STAIRCASE- ESCALANTE
Culturally and Ecologically
Global Education Allies invites all interested educators to the beautiful Colorado Plateau for a 4-night educator retreat. This area is home to several awe-inspiring national parks, historical Native American sites and protected (and disputed) lands.
GEA's Escalante program aims to facilitate culturally and ecologically responsive-sustaining classrooms. We will explore how we impact our (cultural or ecological) environments through workshops, group discussions and presentations by educators, ecologists, artists, scientists, and members of various communities, including the Diné (Navajo) Nation.
Program highlights Include famous hikes in the area, a visit to the Anasazi State Museum and an outdoor survival lesson. In addition to the above activities, we plan to explore ideas through informal discussions around the campfire. At the end of this program each educator will have hands-on lesson ideas (on both, ecology and culture) to take to their classrooms. They will also be able to make connections with other like minded educators.
Guests will have the privilege of staying at the Capitol Reef Field Station, nestled within the towering rock formations of this pristine Southern Utah landscape. Far beyond the glow of city lights, participants can enjoy the night sky, discover some of the unique history of the Colorado Plateau, and relax in the tranquil landscape through yoga, stargazing, hikes, the company of like-minded educators, and amazing meals.
Enjoy two beautiful national parks in the Colorado Plateau: Grand Staircase - Escalante and Capitol Reef - and explore the ideas behind culturally and ecologically responsive classrooms through workshops, lectures and informal discussions around the campfire. Discover the history of the Southwest and relax in the tranquil landscape through yoga, easy hikes and good food.
Anasazi State Museum
Calf Creek Falls and other memorable places
Native American art workshop
Outdoor survival hike and lesson
Hell’s Backbone Grill (as featured in the Oprah Magazine)
Experience one of the best places in the US to view the night sky
Spend 4 nights at the Capitol Reef National Park Field Station
Note: Details on the itinerary may still change
All interested educators and administrators are encouraged to apply. Non-educator guests will be considered based on availability.
Option A: July 12th-16th, 2023
Option B: July 5th-9th, 2023
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Capitol Reef National Park and surrounding areas
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
4 nights of accommodation at the Capitol Reef National Park Field Station, most meals and activities
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Travel to Salt Lake City, a small handful of meals, and travel to and from the airport. Please note: only shared accommodations may be possible at the Field Station. Transportation to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is available upon request.
APPLICATION PROCESS & TIMELINE
Priority Consideration: January 1st
Final deadline (if spaces are available): March 1st
Zoom interviews will be held in February and March and all selection decisions will be made by March 15, 2023. A program deposit of $300 (refundable in case of illness or other serious circumstance) will be due upon acceptance. Program balance must be paid in full by June 15, 2023.
It’s a new world of travel and GEA is ready to navigate it safely and comfortably with our participants and partners in mind. We believe the benefits of travel outweigh the risks, when appropriately managed. GEA will be doing everything to navigate the situation on all our summer 2023 programs and to help everyone feel secure and comfortable. This means we may sometimes go above and beyond safety protocols in the US and abroad. There are also many ways you can personally manage a safe and happy travel experience and GEA will help remind you along the way.
We reserve the right to change the itinerary in consideration of Covid-19 and other unforeseen circumstances.