The Landscape of Monument Valley, Utah

Course - The American National Parks

Goon a 5000 mile journey through the American West, a region unique with plant and animal life, geographic wonders, human history and settlements. Visit fifteen national and state parks which protect and honour the landscape, and learn about some of the fascinating indigenous and European discovery.

Over four successive sessions, we will cast aside the West of Hollywood stereotype and share these fascinating and accessible areas through the eyes of an Australian travelling through America.

The American National Parks- one day 9.30am - 4.30pm


The recent T.V series on the parks brought forth Ken Burns’ statement that they are truly America’s best idea. During the day, we visit fifteen national and state parks on a 5000 mile journey. Bears, elk, squirrels, huge landscapes and waterfalls, ‘Old Faithful’ in Yellowstone, as well as two gold mining towns, make for a fascinating journey through America’s west.
Our route through 15 American national and state Parks
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Course Information

The American National Parks Full Day Course Includes:

  • Comprehensive Course Notes
  • Interactive Discussions.
  • Audio-Visual Presentations.
  • Fun Quiz.
  • Next Scheduled Course: Saturday 30 June
Course Sessions
  • SESSION 1.
  • NORTHERN PARKS.
  • Early American history.
  • Flathead Lake, Montana.
  • Glacier National Park.
  • Grand Tetons N.P.
  • Yellowstone N.P.
  • Chico Hot Springs.
  • SESSION 2.
  • DESERT PARKS 1.
  • Arches N.P, Utah.
  • Dead Horse point S.P.
  • Canyonlands N.P.
  • Mesa Verde N.P. Colorado.
  • SESSION 3.
  • DESERT PARKS 2.
  • Monument Valley, Utah.
  • Tuba City, Arizona.
  • Grand Canyon N.P.
  • Hoover Dam, Arizona.
  • Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Death Valley.
  • SESSION 4.
  • CALIFORNIA.
  • Bodie Historical Park.
  • Yosemite N.P.
  • Columbia State Historic Park.
  • Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
  • Kings Canyon / Sequoia N.P.
  • Los Angeles.
Planned Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
  • 1. Understand the reasons for the creation of the National Parks.
  • 2. Know some of the landscapes of the American West.
  • 3. Plan an itinerary for your own journey through some of America's National parks.