Dale Benham, Biology professor
A botanist by training, Benham has led Wesleyan trips to Baja Mexico, the Buffalo River in Arkansas, the BWCAW and to Nebraska’s Niobrara River. Benham has taken 18 trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness including one 5-day solo trip. He also makes wooden boats (canoes and kayaks) and is finishing work on his sixth boat, a 20′ double ended sailboat. Benham has received Wilderness First Aid Training.
Sandra Mathews, History professor
Mathews has spent her academic life studying New Mexico, the borderlands, Western women and American Indian history. Her interest in the environment extends well beyond the classroom. She is a camper and boater (canoe, sailing, and kayak) and enjoys quality time on rivers and lakes. Mathews has received Wilderness First Aid Training.
Cody Arenz, Biology professor
Arenz grew up on a horse ranch in Oklahoma. On this ranch, he spent many hours exploring the natural world whether it was trying to get coyotes to howl, or fishing, or waiting patiently to see a kingfisher finally dive into the water. These experiences led him to an interest in nature and conservation. Arenz regularly teaches a field class in Costa Rica.
Gary Gerald, Biology Professor
Gerald is one with snakes, lizards, another reptiles. His academic research examines the trade-offs in performance of animals in their natural environment. This will be his first foray to the BWCAW and he is excited to experience the North Woods and discover its many charms and unique animals.
Annie, a senior Biology and Spanish major from Columbus, Nebraska was a student in the 2012 AWS class. One of her favorite nature experiences was exploring and backpacking through the Patagonia region in Argentina. She loves the wilderness and can’t wait to return to the Boundary Waters as a student leader for the 2015 trip!
Craig is a Junior Biology Major from Omaha, Nebraska. After his 2013 Boundary Waters trip, Craig wishes to return to again experience the tranquility and solitude of the wilderness and assist others in discovering the wild.
Hannah is a Junior History and Theatre Arts double major from York, Nebraska. Her trip to the Boundary Waters in 2013 was her first ever camping experience and she is eager to return to the BWCAW for her second ever camping experience. She is excited to share with the incoming students of this seminar the joys of wild berry picking, pancake day, freeze dried ice cream, and utilizing the Benham Scale as means of picking the best campsites.