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ENRICH-0664 – Hist/Geo Zoom: American West (ENRICH-0664_WEST)

Road Trip: American West

Grab your map and compass—it’s time for a 2,000-mile trek through the colorful American West. It’s a land laden with some of the world’s most magnificent vistas, lively personalities, fascinating stories and spectacular wildlands—all of which have helped weave the historical and cultural fabric of this legendary expanse. “To get the big picture of the West, it’s important to examine it through a geographic and historical lens,” says course instructor and award-winning professor Judy Okun. Your journey begins in Salt Lake City, Utah and ambles around the Great Salt Lake, through Yellowstone country, across the Pacific Northwest, into California and throughout the Southwest. Next, enjoy the stunning views offered along the great Alaska Highway from Southeast Alaska to Denali National Park’s vast wilderness and dramatic wildlife. Then explore informative topics such as plate tectonics, the Ice Age, Yellowstone’s super volcano, Mount St. Helens, Native American migration, the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Donner Party tragedy and much more. Plus, discover the fascinating lives behind the West: John Wesley Powell, Captain James Cook, Sitting Bull, John Muir and Gifford Pinchot. And finally, get the inside scoop on today’s most pressing news surrounding the Los Angeles water diversions, preservation versus conservation and current public lands management. Buckle up! This journey covers some serious ground!

Four Zoom sessions
Sat., Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, 2022, 10 am-12 pm MT

Judy Okun teaches geography at West Chester University (WCU) in Pennsylvania and leads history and geography workshops for teachers and adult groups throughout the Philadelphia region and the U.S. She holds master’s degrees in history and environmental conservation. In 2020, Okun won WCU’s outstanding faculty award.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: OnlinePlaces Left: 33Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $140


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Saturday8th October 202229th October 202210:00AM - 12:00PMN/AJudith Okun