Meg and Peter Gag
Taylor Wilderness Research Station
College of Natural Resources
Semester In The Wild, Getting There

Getting There

This will not be your everyday university experience.

Break in those hiking boots and get ready for class.

Semester in the Wild is a unique, academically rigorous immersion in wilderness. Experiential learning acknowledges that you learn more when you are an active participant. Educational outcomes will be part of every facet of your life here.

Your learning experience will begin with orientation at the University of Idaho, where you will meet faculty and fellow students and get an introduction to your courses. You will then travel to the McCall Field Campus to begin your outdoor leadership course and prepare for camping and backpacking. The next leg of your journey will be studying River Ecology and Outdoor Leadership as you camp in the upper basin of Big Creek and then backpack down Big Creek to Taylor Wilderness Research Station (TWRS). Along the way you will get direct exposure to the beauties and intricacies of this mountainous ecosystem and realize how physically remote this wilderness is from many aspects of human society.

Where is Taylor Wilderness Research Station?

Taylor Wilderness Research Station Google satellite map

Taylor Wilderness Research Station is located in Valley County, Idaho, in the center of the Frank Church—River of No Return Wilderness. It spans 65 acres on both sides of Big Creek, the largest tributary of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, which is eight miles downstream. It can be accessed by air (approximately 70 air miles north east from Cascade, Idaho), or on foot starting at the Big Creek trailhead.