Nature Explorer – These trips are designed to focus on the traveler who loves landscapes, nature, learning and travel.
Outdoor Adventurer – Travelers looking for a higher level of physical activity and adventure may find these trips more appealing.
Focused Specialty – When it comes to specialties, these may be the trips for you if you want to take amazing pictures of animals, plants, landscapes, or scenery; if adding species to your life list is a must; or if reeling in a big fish is something you have always wanted to do.
Teton Challenge – July 2018
July 12-23, 2018
This trip is ONLY for current 8th thru 11th graders. Sorry mom and dad or grandpa and grandma! Students will join us for a trip to the “Birthplace of the National Parks” for a 12-day trip focused on adventure, education, and personal challenge.
Beginning with a 3-day stay at the world-class Teton Science Schools, pioneer in place- and project-based education, students will take learning out of the classroom through hands-on field science in one of the most beautiful and important ecosystems in North America. We will then gear up and head into the backcountry for a 4-day trip into the heart of the Tetons. Backpacking allows us time to step away from technology, develop meaningful friendships, and challenge ourselves by pushing us outside our comfort zones–and it also happens to be ridiculously fun. After a day whitewater rafting and exploring Jackson, WY, the trip’s final phase takes us to the heart of Yellowstone National Park to explore the wildlife and geology of this truly remarkable place. No prior experience necessary.
Tuition includes all travel (including flights), programming costs, food, and group equipment. Not included in the cost of the trip is personal equipment and food en route to Jackson, WY.
Learn more about the trip by contacting the trip leader David Koning or contacting the office: 616.393.9453
Trip Type: Focused Specialty
Teton Challenge Trip (Brochure Download)
Alaska’s Inside Passage – April 2019
April 14-28, 2019
We are excited to offer what might be its most unique eco-excursion yet! Twelve people will have a chance to travel the Inside Passage from Seattle, Washington to Juneau, Alaska aboard a private 97’ boat – the Sea Wolf with Travis Williams, ODCMG Executive Director.
The nearly 1,000 mile journey will follow the centuries old expedition route of early explorers taking in both the natural and cultural history of the area. Our excursion will explore the San Juan Islands of Washington, the rugged and wildlife rich coast of British Columbia, Canada, and the many islands, glaciers, and temperate rainforests of Alaska.
We will be traveling the migratory route of a variety of whales and birds during the peak season. We hope to catch sight of black and brown bears down on the beaches in spring foraging as well as perhaps the wolves and Kermode Bears of British Columbia. Another rare sighting is the Elk of Etolin Island. Along the way, we can add in visits to first nations and the U’amista village museum- one of the most beautiful in the Pacific Northwest. Each day offers excursions with our naturalists including hiking, kayaking, beautiful anchorages in remote spots, wildlife and bird viewing, art and history, and the opportunity to simply relax and enjoy yourself. Of course, all of this while enjoying great food and drinks.
Learn more about the trip by contacting us at 616.393.9453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trip Type: Outdoor Adventurer
Inside Passage Adventure 2019 (Brochure Download)