California Discovery

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

$3,495

  • June 15th - June 27th
  • June 30th - July 12th
  • July 15th - July 27th
  • San Francisco, CA

Day 1-2

You will meet your leaders and the rest of your group at the airport in San Francisco, and from there you’ll be off on your thrilling exploration of California. That first night, you’ll get to know your fellow trip mates, learn fun camping skills from your supportive leaders, and make memories with your new friends around crackling campfires. With your ocean sport appetite ready to go, you’ll be psyched for your first big adventure: catching a California wave! Working with skilled surfing instructors, you’ll spend a day learning the basics of this fun sport. You’ll be hanging ten on the famous California surf within a couple of hours.

Day 3-6

The next few days will continue to be incredible. You’ll visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium with your group and learn about the area that you will soon be exploring by kayak.  Kayaking the calm, blue waters of Monterey Bay is an unforgettable experience and you’ll be sure to keep your eyes peeled for under-the-sea wildlife! From, Monterey Bay, you’ll travel to Yosemite National Park. No exploration 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 your visit here will be entirely special. You’ll immerse yourself in a world of Giant Sequoias and unparalleled natural beauty. It will be incredible for you and your group to venture off the main paths to the seldom explored heart of the Yosemite Valley.

Day 7-8

From your adventures in Yosemite, you’ll plunge into the famous waters of the American River, known for the discovery of gold in 1848 that started the California Gold Rush, paddling under the careful direction of expert whitewater rafting professionals. You’ll instantly grow to love this thrilling sport. You and your group will hit the road from here to explore the awe-inspiring Lake Tahoe.

Day 9-10

The largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe is known for it’s clear water and panoramic views of mountains. You’ll spend two days hiking, kayaking, and exploring both the North and South Shores. You will camp on the South Shore’s Emerald Bay, a National Natural Landmark. After spending a few days in paradise, you will head east, making your way back towards San Francisco.

Day 11

You’ll explore the beauty of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which is teeming with trails, historic structures, and incredible vistas. You’ll stop in the fabled Marin Headlands and the historic 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.

Day 12-13

The views of San Francisco from your adventure through the Golden Gate Recreation Area will have you eager to explore the city with your group on your final day. The day before you head back home you’ll spend a memorable day exploring this cultural capital with visits to iconic locations such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Fisherman’s Wharf. You and your group will celebrate your adventure with a final banquet, sharing your memories from the trip and reminiscing on all you have seen and learned over the last two weeks. You will crawl into bed happy and full. The next morning, you will bid your new friends farewell at the San Francisco airport, and head home.

Day 1-2

You will meet your leaders and the rest of your group at the airport in San Francisco, and from there you’ll be off on your thrilling exploration of California. That first night, you’ll get to know your fellow trip mates, learn fun camping skills from your supportive leaders, and make memories with your new friends around crackling campfires. With your ocean sport appetite ready to go, you’ll be psyched for your first big adventure: catching a California wave! Working with skilled surfing instructors, you’ll spend a day learning the basics of this fun sport. You’ll be hanging ten on the famous California surf within a couple of hours.

Day 3-6

The next few days will continue to be incredible. You’ll visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium with your group and learn about the area that you will soon be exploring by kayak.  Kayaking the calm, blue waters of Monterey Bay is an unforgettable experience and you’ll be sure to keep your eyes peeled for under-the-sea wildlife! From, Monterey Bay, you’ll travel to Yosemite National Park. No exploration 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 your visit here will be entirely special. You’ll immerse yourself in a world of Giant Sequoias and unparalleled natural beauty. It will be incredible for you and your group to venture off the main paths to the seldom explored heart of the Yosemite Valley.

Day 7-8

From your adventures in Yosemite, you’ll plunge into the famous waters of the American River, known for the discovery of gold in 1848 that started the California Gold Rush, paddling under the careful direction of expert whitewater rafting professionals. You’ll instantly grow to love this thrilling sport. You and your group will hit the road from here to explore the awe-inspiring Lake Tahoe.

Day 9-10

The largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe is known for it’s clear water and panoramic views of mountains. You’ll spend two days hiking, kayaking, and exploring both the North and South Shores. You will camp on the South Shore’s Emerald Bay, a National Natural Landmark. After spending a few days in paradise, you will head east, making your way back towards San Francisco.

Day 11

You’ll explore the beauty of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which is teeming with trails, historic structures, and incredible vistas. You’ll stop in the fabled Marin Headlands and the historic 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.

Day 12-13

The views of San Francisco from your adventure through the Golden Gate Recreation Area will have you eager to explore the city with your group on your final day. The day before you head back home you’ll spend a memorable day exploring this cultural capital with visits to iconic locations such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Fisherman’s Wharf. You and your group will celebrate your adventure with a final banquet, sharing your memories from the trip and reminiscing on all you have seen and learned over the last two weeks. You will crawl into bed happy and full. The next morning, you will bid your new friends farewell at the San Francisco airport, and head home.