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Nature's Classroom: Enjoy an Educational Seminar at a National Park. (Travel)

Magazine article Sunset

Nature's Classroom: Enjoy an Educational Seminar at a National Park. (Travel)

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Gazing up into the limbs a giant sequoia or own into the depths of the Grand Canyon is certainly awe-inspiring, but it can be even more gratifying to learn about what's behind the beautiful scenery. Attend one of the field seminars offered at several national parks throughout the West and see the parks' many wonders through new eyes.

Topics range from tracking wildlife to painting watercolor landscapes. You can follow a photographer through meadows of wildflowers, study aspects of archaeology or zoology, or learn more about native cultures. Most programs last two or three days, but some last just an afternoon. Prices vary widely, though many of these programs cost less than comparable adventure-travel vacations.

* The Glacier Institute, Glacier National Park, Montana. Grizzly seminars are a strong point at this institute (but the institute can't guarantee that you'll actually see any bears in the wild). Several family programs are being offered for the first time this year. (For more on Glacier National Park, see page 80.) Year-round. (406) 755-1211 or www.glacierinstitute.org

* Grand Canyon Field Institute, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Wide range of seminars, including ones that involve backpacking, llama treks, or kayaking on Lake Powell, and less-strenuous programs with overnight lodge accommodations. …

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