Get outside, learn, and make great memories in some of America’s most beautiful landscapes! Partners in the Parks trips offer collegiate honors students unique weeklong, outdoor, experiential learning experiences in national parks and other significant areas of the American landscape noted for their beauty, significance, and lasting value. Trips are led by university faculty and will include topics and activities specific to the given site, including exploring the exciting recreational activities available.
WSU Honors profressor Annie Lampman will be leading the local Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail trip in July and would be happy to discuss options for any WSU-Honors students who are interested in coming along!
Overview: This PITP excursion will expose students to a wide array of wild landscapes and related topics allowing students to learn about the region’s past history along with the current challenges such as wilderness area management, wildland fire suppression, mining and logging practices, and recreational multi-use and land preservation issues. Experts in the field will lead us in explorations of Nez Perce language and oral traditions, visual art and creative writing, and the local botany, geology, and dendrology of the area, helping students to experience firsthand the area’s rich cultural and natural history.
Tracing the path of Lewis & Clark’s Corps of Discovery at the most difficult point in their journey west through the traditional Nez Perce tribal lands of north-central Idaho and the wild and untamed Bitterroot mountains, students will travel along five wild and scenic rivers; soak in natural hot springs; visit a Lewis & Clark Discovery Center, a Nez Perce National Historic Park, a dozen interpretive and cultural sites (including a tribal fish hatchery); listen to Nez Perce storytellers and set up teepees; day-hike and camp in the U.S.’s first Wilderness Area (the Selway-Bitterroot); tour four historic USFS ranger stations; and explore several original Corps of Discovery camps along the Lolo Motorway, camping and day-hiking in a new location each day.