Geography at Altitude

Authors: Steven Hick*, University of Denver
Topics: Geography Education
Keywords: experiential learning, field worki
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: 8224, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Since 1937 University of Denver scientists have conducted research and engaged in learning at elevations above 10,000 feet and as high as 14,265 feet on Mount Evans along the Front Range of Colorado. The University of Denver maintains a Field Station and High-Altitude Research Facility above Echo Lake and on the summit of Mt. Evans. For decades, this facility has been the location of many alpine ecology, biology and geology classes. Now the Field Station is also a base of operations for GIS/GPS classes. Students have the opportunity work in an alpine environment mixing technology with geography and environmental science. While experiential learning opportunities abound, the logistics of learning at high altitude are numerous. In this presentation we will look at the future of geography and GIS experiential learning at altitude.

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