HMI offers a variety of semester-long programs that combine academics and wilderness exploration for high school and college students. The summer term is based out of Leadville, Colorado and includes expeditions into the region that emphasize the importance of place, examine environmental ethics, teach wilderness travel skills (how to read a map, cook over a one-burner stove, camp in style), and require students to be both leaders and good team members. It’s an experience that tends to stay with students well after summer is over.

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