Kalapuya Escalante Field Study
Kalapuya students recently returned from a nine-day field study backpacking through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in southern Utah.
Students explored slick-rock slot canyons that narrowed to inches, formed by thousands of years of wind and rain.
They explored the petrified burnt orange sandstone canyons, learned about the geologic history of the Colorado Plateau, and studied the plant and animal adaptations that define desert ecosystems.
Students also delved into the contemporary debates that surround grazing rights, oil exploration, and the federal designations of National Monuments.
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