Classroom Earth is a unique field-study experience designed by Westminster faculty for rising 8th and 9th grade students. Students travel to the heart of the American West to study the mighty Colorado River. Classroom Earth examines the varied and often conflicting demands on the Colorado River system through hands-on, inquiry-based exploration, starting at the headwaters high in Rocky Mountain National Park and culminating in a six-day canoe-camping trip through the iconic canyonlands of the Colorado Plateau. Why was the Colorado named as “America’s Most Endangered River” in 2013? What challenges do we face in using, enjoying, and protecting this vital natural resource in a sustainable manner? Students will explore these questions and more through Classroom Earth 2017. Update: We will now be leaving June 4 and returning June 21, 2017. For more information, please visit the program’s website.