This trip is sure to engage even the most intrepid adventurer. The Adirondacks is located in northeast New York, and is the largest park and the largest state-level protected area in the contiguous United States, and the largest National Historic Landmark. The park covers some 6.1 million acres, a land greater than Vermont, or of Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks combined. This trip will consist of understanding environmental issues, land management, outdoor leadership, and the importance of having wild, protected areas in which to reflect. Activities will include understanding the historic Lake George area, hiking, canoeing, swimming, and other outdoor activities.
This trip will engage emerging leaders, historians, trivia buffs and those interested in the care of others, such as nursing majors. The trip will provide an opportunity to explore the historical battlefields, understand national implications, analyze the effects and causes of the conflict, glimpse leadership demonstrated on the battlefield and within the local community, learn of the acts of human heroism from members of different states, and explore the spirituality and ethos of the people. The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee's second and most ambitious invasion of the North in 1863. Often referred to as the "High Water Mark of the Rebellion", it was the war's bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties and the setting for President Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address".