Think Outside is a program of the Humanities North Dakota. Created by philosopher and North Dakota native Tayo Basquiat, the program seeks to connect people with both ideas and the beauty of our natural landscape. Through guided discussions around campfires during the evenings and outdoor adventures during the day, we hope to build a community of adventurers who come to know both themselves and the beauty of the peace garden state. Dedicated to lifelong learning and starting conversations that lead to a more thoughtful, informed, and just world, Humanities North Dakota creates opportunities for personal growth and fulfillment. We hope to lead people across our great state hiking, biking, kayaking , cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and more.

Friday, July 13

7pm Arrive at camp, set up your camp

8pm Campfire discussion/program #1

9:30 pm Informal conversation/relaxation around campfire. Bedtime of your choice.

Saturday, July 14

8am Wakeup, breakfast, hike prep

9am – 4pm Hiking the MDH trail. We will intersperse hiking with rest stops that include guided programming and discussion during the day. After the noon lunch, group members will have the choice of returning to camp (shorter, slower hiking option ) or continuing on the trail (longer, faster hike). We will be returning to camp between 3 and 4pm. 

4pm-6pm Rest, nap, clean up, happy hour—free time

6pm Dinner

7pm Campfire discussion/program #2

9pm Campfire informal conversation until bedtime

Sunday, July 15 

8am wakeup, breakfast, pack camp

9am OPTIONS: choose to hike to Elkhorn Ranchsite or wait until 10 am lounging around at camp and then drive to Elkhorn Ranch site. At the ranch site, we’ll hike the mile to the site and then have our discussion/program #3, which will be about an hour. If you drive there, the retreat will conclude by noon. If you hike there, you can expect to be on the road by around 2pm, after our hike back to camp.

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  • Occurred Friday, July 13th, 2018 — all day


Elkhorn Ranch

Medora, ND 58645