California Discovery Trip

California Discovery

Discovery Adventure - Grades 5-6

Discover the natural wonders of California from Yosemite’s high peaks to the dramatic Pacific coast, on this perfect introduction to the outdoors for 5th and 6th graders. Our California Discovery trip offers a variety of hikes and paddles in the Golden State’s most beautiful settings.

13 Days

$3,395

  • June 25th - July 7th
  • July 9th - July 21st
  • July 23rd - August 4th
  • San Francisco, CA

Day 1-2

As soon as our leaders meet us and the rest of our group at the airport in San Francisco, we’ll be off on our thrilling exploration of California. First stop is the fabled Marin Headlands and the historic and beautiful Muir Woods – part of the Marin Open Space network of land that affords magnificent, unspoiled views of the Golden Gate Bridge, downtown San Francisco and the beautiful Pacific blue. On these first few days of this amazing adventure, we’ll get to know each other better, learn fun camping skills from our supportive leaders and make countless memories with our new found friends around crackling campfires and toasted-hot marshmallows.

Day 3-5

Our group will head out to explore the awe-inspiring Lake Tahoe. The largest alpine lake in North America, Tahoe is know for it’s clear water and panoramic view of mountains on all sides. We will spend two days hiking, exploring both the North and South Shores. We will camp at Emerald Bay State Park on the South Shore’s Emerald Bay, a National Natural Landmark. After spending three days in paradise, we will pack our tents and head west towards Yosemite.

Day 6-8

No exploration (introductory or otherwise) of California would be complete without a chance to experience the Golden State’s most iconographic preserve of natural beauty and wonder – Yosemite National Park. Housing such famous mountain peaks as El Capitan, Sentinel Dome and Half Dome, which rise thousands of feet above the valley floor, Yosemite is a national treasure and our visit here will be entirely special. We’ll immerse ourselves in a world of Giant Sequoias and unparalleled natural beauty, truly lucky to count ourselves among the visitors fortunate enough to venture off the main paths into the seldom explored heart of the Yosemite Valley.

Day 9

Leaving Yosemite we’ll plunge into the famous waters of the American River, paddling and growing together as a team under the careful direction of expert whitewater rafting professionals. We’ll instantly grow to love this thrilling sport that will bring fun and fond memories we’ll be recounting around that evening’s campfire and for the rest of our lives.

Day 10-11

Not to be missed are the important scientific lessons of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We will tour the aquarium and learn about the area we will spend the next day kayaking. A not to be missed activity is kayaking the calm, blue waters of Monterey Bay itself, which we’ll ply after learning about the bay’s under-the-sea wildlife during a fun day of exploratory sea kayaking.

Day 12-13

Our ocean sports appetites thoroughly wet, we’ll be extremely excited for the culminating activity of our introductory adventure: catching a California wave! Working with skilled surfing instructors, we’ll spend one day quickly learning the basics of this fun sport and be hanging ten on the famous California surf within a couple of hours. The day before we depart, we’ll spend a memorable day exploring this cultural capital before celebrating our adventure with a California banquet – sharing freshly built memories around this special evening meal before curling into bed in preparation for flights home and tearful goodbyes the next morning.

Day 1-2

As soon as our leaders meet us and the rest of our group at the airport in San Francisco, we’ll be off on our thrilling exploration of California. First stop is the fabled Marin Headlands and the historic and beautiful Muir Woods – part of the Marin Open Space network of land that affords magnificent, unspoiled views of the Golden Gate Bridge, downtown San Francisco and the beautiful Pacific blue. On these first few days of this amazing adventure, we’ll get to know each other better, learn fun camping skills from our supportive leaders and make countless memories with our new found friends around crackling campfires and toasted-hot marshmallows.

Day 3-5

Our group will head out to explore the awe-inspiring Lake Tahoe. The largest alpine lake in North America, Tahoe is know for it’s clear water and panoramic view of mountains on all sides. We will spend two days hiking, exploring both the North and South Shores. We will camp at Emerald Bay State Park on the South Shore’s Emerald Bay, a National Natural Landmark. After spending three days in paradise, we will pack our tents and head west towards Yosemite.

Day 6-8

No exploration (introductory or otherwise) of California would be complete without a chance to experience the Golden State’s most iconographic preserve of natural beauty and wonder – Yosemite National Park. Housing such famous mountain peaks as El Capitan, Sentinel Dome and Half Dome, which rise thousands of feet above the valley floor, Yosemite is a national treasure and our visit here will be entirely special. We’ll immerse ourselves in a world of Giant Sequoias and unparalleled natural beauty, truly lucky to count ourselves among the visitors fortunate enough to venture off the main paths into the seldom explored heart of the Yosemite Valley.

Day 9

Leaving Yosemite we’ll plunge into the famous waters of the American River, paddling and growing together as a team under the careful direction of expert whitewater rafting professionals. We’ll instantly grow to love this thrilling sport that will bring fun and fond memories we’ll be recounting around that evening’s campfire and for the rest of our lives.

Day 10-11

Not to be missed are the important scientific lessons of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We will tour the aquarium and learn about the area we will spend the next day kayaking. A not to be missed activity is kayaking the calm, blue waters of Monterey Bay itself, which we’ll ply after learning about the bay’s under-the-sea wildlife during a fun day of exploratory sea kayaking.

Day 12-13

Our ocean sports appetites thoroughly wet, we’ll be extremely excited for the culminating activity of our introductory adventure: catching a California wave! Working with skilled surfing instructors, we’ll spend one day quickly learning the basics of this fun sport and be hanging ten on the famous California surf within a couple of hours. The day before we depart, we’ll spend a memorable day exploring this cultural capital before celebrating our adventure with a California banquet – sharing freshly built memories around this special evening meal before curling into bed in preparation for flights home and tearful goodbyes the next morning.