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How do you want to live your life?

The High Desert Center specializes in helping you figure that out and begin.

WE OFFER

The chance to be seen and accepted for who you already are.  The chance to become who you want to be.  The chance to see the world for what it is and what it could be.

OUR EMPHASIS

We teach the skills that change your experience, like how to make everyday life an adventure, how to take care of yourself, how to make a difference, how to connect.

OUR APPROACH

We inspire rather than coerce.  We are homespun and informal.  We dumpster dive, skinny dip and challenge you to be real.  We get dirty. We think big.

WHO WE SERVE

Our participants don’t want to sign up for a program; they want to create the program.  They don’t want rules; they want choices and opportunities.

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GAP YEAR 2018/19

One year, two dynamic semesters.

July 2018-May 2019

Combine the local lens of the Simply Living Semester with the regional lens of either the Expeditionary Semester or the Watershed Semester and the result is an educated and inspired understanding of one’s impact in the world.

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SIMPLY LIVING SEMESTER

A semester of local living.

July-October 2018

Dream about living the simple life?  Join us for the full homesteading experience sprinkled with a rich mix of community, play, and outdoor adventure.

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EXPEDITIONARY SEMESTER

Thru hiking: Mexico to Utah.

March -May 2019

Thru-hike the Arizona trail–800+ miles of rugged, challenging terrain stretching from the border of Mexico to the border of Utah. Along the way, we will learn songs and harmonies, pursue cool skills, and examine border issues and immigration policy.

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WATERSHED SEMESTER

A semester exploring the South West.

February-May 2019

15 weeks of high-powered learning and adventure with the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab focused on the Colorado River.  Travel from high in the snow-covered high mountains of Colorado to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico and back again.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US

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Meet Dev Carey, director of the High Desert Center.

Dev thrives on adventure and connection with others.  He’s had “normal” jobs like working for Sterling College, with inner city youth as a VISTA Volunteer, as a counselor at Not Back to School Camp, and as a river guide, but mostly he’s created off-the-beaten path adventures with teenagers. He has a Ph.D. in ecology and still now and then writes plant and animal guides with local youth. While working on his dissertation, he found himself being an advocate for students and families learning outside of the classroom. That advocacy turned into The Vision Program, which utilizes public funds to support over 600 students in learning however and wherever they want while still earning a diploma. Currently, he lives in funky old houses he built and shares land and meals with various folks and his family–Seraya, Huckleberry, Marian, and “adopted” teenagers.