Experiential Programs

Partners in the Park

Partners in the Parks is an experiential learning program sponsored by Southern Utah University in cooperation with the National Collegiate Honors Council and the U.S. National Park Service.It hosts projects at national parks across the country offering unique opportunities for collegiate honors students and faculty to visit areas of the American landscape noted for their beauty, significance and lasting value.

Seminars led by university faculty and park personnel will include historical, scientific, cultural, and other important areas unique to a given park. Projects will also take advantage of exciting recreational opportunities in the parks to broaden participant’s understanding of the overall value of national parks to our country and its citizens. Read more…

NRHC also offers financial support for student participation in Partners in the Park. Read more…

City As Text

Sometimes called CAT, and broadened into Place as Text to encourage applications of this approach to active learning in various settings, City as Text™ refers to structured explorations of environments and ecosystems. Designed as on-going laboratories through which small teams investigate contested areas and issues in urban environments, or competing forces in natural ones, these exercises foster critical inquiry and integrative learning across disciplines. A mini-version of this approach is included at NCHC’s national conferences. Read more…

Sleeping Bag Seminars

Sleeping Bag Seminars are thematic, site-specific, active learning experiences — mini-versions of the Honors Semester. At Sleeping Bag Seminars, honors students and faculty from the NRHC gather at a host institution for a weekend of discussions, workshops, tours, and outings. Organized by students from the host honors program and supported in part by a financial contribution from NRHC, the Sleeping Bag Seminars provide a way of investigating a topic or theme in some depth and from a unique local perspective by using various campus and community resources. To request support from the region, share details of your plans that show they meet the general terms of region-supported sleeping bag seminars. Once approved, submit a budget the executive board will use to determine the support available, up to $1,000. Read more…

NRHC Conference

Annually, up to ten Minority scholarships are available to NRHC members. Fill out the application on the NRHC Scholarships page.