Did you like field trips when you were in school? Do you enjoy going to State and National parks and monuments, historical sites, art museums and wonders of nature? If the answer is yes, you need to check into Northland Pioneer College’s (NPC) Learning Adventure Excursions. The program that began last year is headed by Katherine (Katie) Olsen, a spunky young woman who describes herself as “entertaining and a fun person to be around.” Originally from Rhode Island, Katie has lived in Arizona for the past 12 years, the last two of them in Northern Arizona.
Last September Katie took a group to a private venue called Rock Art Ranch which had archeological ruins and petroglyphs, and is a place most of us would never get a chance to visit.
The trips are twice a month from May through October and are a part of NPC’s Adult non-credit lifelong learning. Katie plans all of the trip details such as scheduling guided tours as well as transporting the participants in NPC vehicles from their four campuses: Winslow, Holbrook, Snowflake-Taylor and Show Low. The cost averages from $40 to $45 per trip and includes transportation and all entry fees. Lunch is on you. You can brown bag it or purchase one with the group depending on the destination. For example, for one trip the group stopped at a Subway and put their purchases on ice while some brought a lunch. If part of the excursion includes a stop at a special restaurant, you may want to forgo the bagged lunch.
Katie said these “field trips” are beneficial as they offer a new way to learn, are a really fun way to spend time with friends, meet new friends with similar interests, helps to support the communities in northeast Arizona, and gives us ideas of things to do when company comes to visit.
So far only two trips for 2018 are finalized but more information will be released as it becomes available. Here’s what we have so far:
- July 24 Guided tour of Fort Apache and Kinishba, an archeological site in Whiteriver
- October 9 Homolovi State Park near Winslow with many ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites. A tour guide will take the group to Site II and IV (which isn’t open to the general public). There will be a demonstration by a local pottery artist.
To register, go to the main office at the NPC campus closest to you; most likely the one where you’d prefer to be picked up. You do prepay for the trip as soon as you can and at least a week before the date. You would not want to wait too long, or the trip may be cancelled for lack of interest. If the excursion is cancelled your fee will be refunded.
NPC’s Lifelong Learning has many other non-credit classes. Find out more information online at www.npc.edu/noncredit-classes or call Katie directly at (928) 536-6244.
Thank you to Realtors Dee and Teressa McClusky, for the enjoyable Tuesday Talks at the Community Center. Come down on March 6 to hear from the owner of the new Apache-Sitgreaves Observatory, Steven Aggas, and the work he’s doing there.