IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CENTRE COLLEGE
The Tahoe Semester is a study-away environmental humanities program. Our students explore the question, “What is Nature?” through classroom learning and guided wilderness experiences like mountain biking, skiing, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, and stand-up paddle boarding along the shores of Lake Tahoe.
Students take educational excursions to internationally recognized locations in California like Yosemite National Park and Morro Bay. The Tahoe Semester program thus far has resulted in a remarkable educational opportunity that brings students and faculty together in a peaceful, natural setting to share classroom learning and wilderness experiences as a cohesive, intentional community.
Turn Your Education into an Adventure
Grow personally as part of a dedicated learning community living on the shores of Lake Tahoe.
Examine a range of social, historical, and scientific perspectives on the natural world.
Interact directly with your natural surroundings to deepen classroom learning.
Experience the expansive beauty of the Tahoe basin by bike and kayak, on foot and on skis.
Ask big questions:
What is nature?
Are we separate from or part of the natural world?
What can we learn about ourselves from nature?
How do indigenous peoples see the earth?
What are our moral and civic responsibilities toward the environment?
Can politics, capitalism, and ecology coexist?
A curriculum that opens your mind to new ideas and different perspectives...
Living together is the key to what we do. You'll be part of a small community of friends and faculty who dive into classes, backpacking trips, service projects, and everyday adventures together.
“I felt like my relationship with
the professors was more like a
mentorship, and that was really crucial to my success as a student.”
“Living in a small learning community and experiencing everything from backpacking to service projects, to eating meals and having classes together, allowed me to understand so much more about other people.”
"Tahoe was an unbelievable experience--all the weekly events were great (Thursday hangout night, Friday ski day, family dinner)--and I fell in love with snowboarding! I'm very likely getting my own snowboard!"