FRANK CHURCH RIVER OF NO RETURN WILDERNESS CLASSROOM
"The Frank's" vast wilderness ecosystem offers a unique learning environment. Students are immersed in the development of a broad range of outdoor skills and personal safety awareness. Each participant departs with a well-rounded understanding of the importance of protecting wilderness areas and free flowing rivers. This rugged and roadless river canyon is rich in human history dating back over 8000 years. Students will learn how early inhabitants used the river and its flora, geology and wildlife to survive.
Expose students to the wonders of the longest and largest free-flowing wilderness river in the lower 48 states. Provide an experience in a unique setting geared to enhancing the class bond with each other and their teachers. Promote individual and group responsibility for safety, trip chores and care for one another.
Develop an understanding and appreciation of minimum impact wilderness travel. Develop river specific wilderness skills.
This completely free-flowing river canyon is the ideal outdoor classroom. Students will leave with an in-depth understanding of the area and its history. Groups encounter Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep, black bear, moose, deer, elk, and the always playful river otter. When looking to the clear blue sky, students will observe Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles and the constantly fishing Osprey. In camp, topics are generally location specific depending on the attributes of each camp. Some may have pictographs within walking distance, or some may have unique geological features. Others may have interesting flora or fauna to explore and discuss or maybe a historic homestead to visit.
After dinner, it's time to sit around the campfire, relax and reflect on the days activities. During the evening, time is set aside for students to write in their journals. Mackay provides each student with a packet of study materials including a journal and books about the river and some of its more colorful inhabitants.
Riverside camps are on large white sand beaches. These pristine beaches are formed naturally and replenished each Spring by the free-flowing runoff of this river.
Students and staff sleep either under the stars or in roomy tents, (double occupancy). Self- inflating mattress pads and freshly laundered sleeping bags are included for each participant.
Students participate in the riverside kitchen set-up and food prep each evening. Mackay offers a healthy menu featuring fresh organic produce, meats, and fish. Fun and healthy desserts are prepared from scratch each evening. Students will be introduced to the art of Dutch oven cooking and various other methods of sanitary food preparation in an outdoor environment.
Rate & Date
6 Day 5 Nights
$21,000.00 for total group
Price is for total group size of students, teachers and school staff of 24. Includes ground shuttle from Boise, ID to the river, river classroom, all USFS fees and ground transportation from the river back to Boise.
ANNUAL TRIP DATES:
May, early June and later September dates by request.