University of Montana offers adventure outings for college credit


Each summer a group of University of Montana (UM) students and professors bicycle across the state for four weeks, while exploring regional energy choices and the impacts of climate change. The lesson in sustainability is not just a fun outing, but a course for college credit, UM reports.

The course, Cycle the Rockies: Energy and Climate Change in Montana, features six students and two instructors on a 700-mile journey from Billings to Whitefish. It is offered by UM and the Missoula-based Wild Rockies Field Institute (WRFI), which is an organization that offers experiences for university students and non-students who are interested in an educational adventure, according to the group's website.

"Climate change and our energy choices will be defining issues for the next generation," said Nicky Phear, one of the course instructors. "This course gives students on the ground experiences with places affected by climate change and with innovative people who are creating new energy options."

Cycle the Rockies is one of several field-based courses offered by the WRFI. 

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