Learn more about yourself and serve your community as you join us for a unique exploration of the wilderness and the city. This 14-day course is designed for high school students (ages 14-16) eager to immerse themselves in the unique natural and cultural features the Bay Area has to offer. You will travel from pristine, wild lands to the heart of San Francisco—the most visited city in the world. This course is uniquely designed for service-learning, leadership development, and self-discovery in both natural and urban environments.
Travel from the picturesque wilderness of Northern California to the cultural epicenter of San Francisco. The San Francisco Bay Area offers diverse cultural and natural environments that will ignite your curiosity and inspire you to do more than you ever thought possible.
During the first portion of this course, you will be traveling expedition-style, meaning you will be traveling with all the food and equipment you need. You will camp in the backcountry and learn to build shelters, navigate using a map and compass, and cook with backcountry stoves.
As the course progresses you will transition into the culturally vibrant city of San Francisco to continue on your Urban Expedition. You will navigate San Francisco neighborhoods to discover firsthand the forces that shape our city. Rich in human and physical resources, San Francisco provides unparalleled opportunities for learning and adventure. We weave community service and adventure into each trip, enabling participants to engage with populations, foods, locations, and activities that they have never—and might not have otherwise—experienced. Whether you are a San Francisco native or are visiting for the first time, we turn the city into your classroom through cultural immersion, urban adventure, and service-learning.
Service-learning is an important component of this course. Service projects vary from working with parks to improve facilities and trail systems for future visitors to helping local gardeners and other food initiatives for underserved populations in the city.
Every component of these expeditions is uniquely designed to inspire your ability and desire to make changes in your community. Ultimately, you will be able to apply the leadership and personal skills developed on the expeditions to your everyday life.
Point Reyes National Seashore features expansive sand beaches; rocky headlands carved by thunderous ocean breakers; and open grasslands that stretch into forested ridges. Over 1,500 species of plants and animals live within this diverse area, which was also home to the several cultural inhabitants—including the Coast Miwok—over thousands of years.
Heading south and over the Golden Gate Bridge into locations such as Chinatown, Pier 39, the Mission District, Baker Beach, and Market Street, the city of San Francisco offers rich histories, diverse cultural traditions and foods, and an abundance of initiative opportunities.
To apply for this course click the apply button next to the course dates that work for you. The non-refundable application fee of $125 is due at the time of application. For full fee schedule and process, click here. Course tuitions listed do not include our application fee or transportation fee.