Video: Students dig their paddles
into river valley adventure © July 15, 2011, Norwich University Office of Communications

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More than 20 students were challenged to learn about the natural environment of the Connecticut River Valley during a nine-day canoe trip and accompanying class.

After classes conclude in the spring, about 20 Norwich University students have the unique opportunity for more learning: a class in geology and ecology that also provides a once-in-a-lifetime river adventure.

Since 1983, the Geology Department has offered a two-week course in the natural environment of the Connecticut River. This valley, which they explore from the riverbed on up to the highest cliffs, divides New Hampshire and Vermont—home to Norwich, the country’s oldest private military college. Accompanied by professors David Westerman and Richard Dunn, the group is challenged to learn about a variety of subjects while paddling canoes, sleeping in tents and dealing with the elements for nine days.

For photos and a story about the trip, read Hitting the River.

During the 2011 trip, students and their instructors shot this video.