The Natural History of and Astronomy in Arizona

College Park Scholars - Science and Global Change and Science Discovery and the Universe
University of Maryland, College Park

Spring Break, Friday 16 March - Sunday 25 March 2018

College Park Scholars Science and Global Change and Science Discovery and the Universe programs announce a Spring Break excursion to the natural history and Astronomy of Arizona. In ten days, experience the diverse geology, zoology, botany, astronomy, and archaeology of this spectacular state. Other destinations include the Sunset Crater Volcano, Meteor Crater, the ruins of Wupakti and Walnut Canyon, the saguaro forests of the Sonoran Desert, the unique Chiricahua biome, Petrified National Forest Park, and the ultimate Geology field site - the Grand Canyon.

Itinerary includes:

Credit and eligibility: Participants get one credit for Geology 288A Field Geology free of additional tuition. Limited to full time UMCP undergraduate students.

Cost: Program cost is estimated to be $850.00, not including airfare. This covers vehicles, hotels, all breakfasts, most lunches and some dinners. Students will need an additional $150 (approximately) to cover the cost of the remaining meals and some other money to cover any personal expenses and souvenirs. A group airfare rate is being investigated currently and will be arranged by the program. We expect it to be roughly $600. Air fare is separate from the program fee. The total is therefore estimated to be $1450.


Number of Students is limited to 18 total.

First priority will be given in the order in which applications are received from students and alumnae of the Science Discovery and the Universe and Science and Global Change programs of College Park Scholars. In the event the 18 slots do not fill up, second priority will be given to other Scholars students and Astronomy and Geology majors. Others should contact us for details.

Questions? Contact one of the following:

Thomas Holtz 1216 Centreville Hall (301) 405-4184
John Merck 1218 Centreville Hall (301) 405-2808
Alan Peel 1217 Centreville Hall (301) 314-9476

Download the Application

photo credits: Tom Holtz, Alan Peel, John Merck

Page last updated: October 2017