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.
Gather at Mountlake Terrace High School in the morning to board the motorcoach. Make a stop at the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center to explore the exhibits, learn from a park ranger and engage in a geological educational activity about the formation of Mount St. Helens and the impacts of the 1980 eruption. Continue on to Portland, taking a walking tour of the Pearl District and downtown areas on arrival. Share dinner and check in to the hotel.
Start out early from Portland for a day trip to the largest National Scenic Area in America, Columbia River Gorge. Stop along the Historic Columbia River Highway to take in the panoramic scenery from Crown Point. Next stop is at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, where students explore the exhibits and participate in a workshop on Lewis & Clark Landscape Ecology. Learn about the diverse ecology and geology of the challenging landscape that the Corps of Discovery crossed over 200 years ago on the Lewis & Clark Expedition. In the afternoon, travel to Bend. En route, stop at the Timberline Lodge in Mt. Hood National Forest, the filming location of the popular film “The Shining.” Arrive in Bend in time for dinner and check in to hotel accommodations.
Begin the day at the High Desert Museum, featuring impressive exhibits on natural resources and explorations among native wildlife. Take part in a hands-on workshop, covering how renewable resources can impact climate change in the future of the Pacific Northwest. Afterwards, discover how geology, ecology, climate and culture are all connected at the Lava Lands Visitor Center. Spend the afternoon viewing exhibits at Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory and learning astronomy firsthand in two classes. In the first class, identify the Earth’s place in the solar system and discuss future possibilities in space research. For the second class, gaze into the stars at night for two hours by telescope.
Take a trip from Bend to Crater Lake for a day of adventure. Crater Lake National Park is a wealth of educational exploration, where park rangers invite students into nature’s classroom at the crater created by volcanic activity more than 7,000 years ago.
On the way home from Bend, stop at Wizard Falls Hatchery in the Deschutes National Forest. From the viewing platform, watch the fish swimming by, including rainbow trout, kokanee salmon, summer steelhead and many more. Go on a short trail walk, surrounded by the beautiful forest. Travel back to Seattle with a stop for lunch on own along the way.
Note: Activities are subject to change based on availability.
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.
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Quality, safe hotels with quad occupancy corresponding to the destination.
All transportation is provided throughout the program.
Airfare covers round-trip flights from major airports.
Two meals are provided daily, breakfast and dinner, featuring local cuisine.
Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.
Scheduled activities, experiences and guided tours are all included.
Customized experiences developed by travel experts to promote learning and engagement.
Full-time Tour Directors are on site for the duration of the trip, for an all-inclusive experience.
Tips for bus drivers, guides, Tour Directors and meals.
Advanced student security software that integrates geofencing, logistics, communication and more optimized safety features.
Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting students every step of the way.
A night chaperone is on site to ensure security.
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