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Program Overview

Explore the natural world on this Pacific Northwest Geology and Astronomy program. Step into a model of a volcano at the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center with a view of the mountain over the wetlands. Wind along the wondrous Columbia River Highway, taking in spectacular scenery at Crown Point and all the way to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum. Discover the geology of volcanoes and dig into the local cultural history at the Lava Lands Visitor Center. On an inspirational exploration of Crater Lake National Park, walk through the landscape shaped by volcanic activity over 7,000 years ago. Stroll through the evergreen trees on a trail in Deschutes National Forest, and stop at Wizard Falls Hatchery to watch fish swimming in the waters below.

Engage in experiential learning activities to gain a deeper understanding of nature and the solar system. Learn geology in context at the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center in an educational activity that leads students through how volcanoes are formed and their impact on the environment. Go back in time while reading the journals from the Lewis & Clark Expedition and participate in interactive workshops on landscape ecology at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum. At the High Desert Museum, students get to see how essential renewable resources are for the future of the Pacific Northwest while exploring the exhibits and interacting with native wildlife. Gaze up to the stars at the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory in two astronomy classes on research of the solar system and a night view of the stars by telescope.

Daily Itinerary

Note: Activities are subject to change based on availability.

Learning Outcomes

On this Pacific Northwest Geology and Astronomy adventure, experience the wonders of the universe through interactive workshops and explorations of the environment. Discover how volcanoes impact the landscapes around them, creating fascinating geological formations. Learn about Lewis and Clark’s journey of discovery through the Columbia River Gorge, including the ecology and geology conveyed through their journals. Engage in hands-on ecology workshops on renewable resources and climate change. In astronomy classes, imagine the future of space research, identify the Earth’s cycles and view the night sky by telescope. Go on an educational exploration of Crater Lake National Park to learn ecological concepts firsthand. See diverse wildlife in their natural environments, including a visit to a hatchery that nurtures a native fish.

We take care of everything

At Experience, we make sure everything is covered – from housing to technology and beyond – to provide the best experience for our students.

Accommodations

Quality, safe hotels with quad occupancy corresponding to the destination.

Transportation

All transportation is provided throughout the program.

Round-Trip Flights

Airfare covers round-trip flights from major airports.

Meals

Two meals are provided daily, breakfast and dinner, featuring local cuisine.

Education

Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.

Tours and Activities

Scheduled activities, experiences and guided tours are all included.

Curated Experiences

Customized experiences developed by travel experts to promote learning and engagement.

Full-Time Tour Director

Full-time Tour Directors are on site for the duration of the trip, for an all-inclusive experience.

Gratuities

Tips for bus drivers, guides, Tour Directors and meals.

Interactive Technology

Advanced student security software that integrates geofencing, logistics, communication and more optimized safety features.

24/7 Support

Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting students every step of the way.

Overnight Security

A night chaperone is on site to ensure security.

What’s My Investment

Tuition Cost

5 Days

$1,399
Per Student
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