IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CENTRE COLLEGE
...and go deep.
The Tahoe Semester is a study-away adventure for students at APCU member schools who want to explore the question, “What is nature?” through classroom learning and guided wilderness experiences that include mountain biking, skiing, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, stand-up paddle boarding, and trail running.
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?
Tahoe is your front yard.
The Sierras are your backyard.
Take off on backpacking trips.
Hike to the tops of mountains.
Kayak on the mirrored lake at sunrise.
Ski down Tahoe's legendary slopes.
Bike across wilderness trails.
Unplug from the noise.
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.
Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center
Zephyr Point is a storied Presbyterian camp along the shores of Lake Tahoe. This isn't the view from down the road or across neighborhood...this is the view from your front door.
“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!"