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. This kind of “experiential learning” acknowledges that you learn more when you are an active participant. Educational outcomes will be part of every facet of our time together in the world.

One of the initial learning experiences will be the actual journey from the town of McCall, Idaho, to the Taylor Wilderness Research Station. Participants will backpack thirty-five miles from the trailhead to the station. 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 most aspects of human society.

Where is McCall?

Google map of McCall Idaho, home of McCall Outdoor Science School and the University of Idaho McCall Field Campus

McCall is located along ID-55 between Moscow and Boise, Idaho. It is a small mountain town situated on the banks of Payette Lake in the historic Payette National Forest.

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. Taylor is located at approximately 45.1019°N and 114.8517°W.