Learning is better with bikes
Visit any college classroom across the country, and you’ll find passionate students with inspirational stories and ambitions. Finding a classroom setting as inspiring as the students who occupy it can be more challenging. The Wild Rockies Field Institute (WRFI)—based in Missoula, Montana—confronts this disconnect head-on, bringing top students into the wilderness of the central Rocky Mountains to study topics ranging from Environmental Science to Philosophy. WRFI calls their courses “educational adventures,” and they offer both semester-long and summertime programs, all in the great outdoors. This summer, Trek Bicycle partnered with WRFI in support of one of these educational adventures: Cycle the Rockies: Energy and Climate Change in Montana. The class is a crash course in the interactions between Montana’s energy economy, climate change, and the people whose lives are most affected by both. It’s also a 700-mile bike tour spanning the state’s wide array of landscapes and communities. Six young women from around the United States rode this year’s route. This is a story of all that they learned: about diverse viewpoints, the joy of traveling by bicycle, and finding strength and comradery in each other and the beauty of the American West.