Domestic High School Service Program
Pacific Northwest Teen Trip
Want to embark on an environmental service program in the United States? This trip across the Pacific Northwest will bring you deep into the beauty and vastness of this beautiful part of our country. Travel to the San Juan Islands and the Puget Sound, while you delve into the complex ecosystem of marine biology. Exploring these islands by kayaks and ferry, you will experience and learn first hand about local Native American culture and island ecology. From jaw-dropping adventure to environmental stewardship, this is a truly unforgettable program!
Participants fly into Seattle and meet their Global Works leaders! Once everyone has arrived, we head to a local Seattle hotel. We settle in, start getting to know one another and establish goals for the weeks ahead.
We dive right into an incredible adventure as we hop a ferry and head to the San Juan Islands. We meet up with our local guide and begin an epic 3 day, 2 night sea-kayaking adventure. Our kayak guides teach us about the abundant wildlife in this area and helps us look out for animals, including seals and porpoise, bald eagles, falcons, otters, and, if we’re lucky, Orca whales! We hop from island to island, camping along stunning beaches. After the adventure comes to an end, we participate in a community service project at a local wolf rehabilitation center.
Board the ferry once again and travel back to Anacortes on the mainland and then continue the drive south to Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula. Stop at quaint little coastal town along the drive! We get our hands dirty working on several environmental service projects and take the opportunity to learn about the region’s marine ecology. Finally, we embark on a jaw-dropping 2 night backpacking trip through the Olympic National Forest!
Before heading back to Seattle, we stop in Snoqualmie National Forest to explore waterfalls and tube down the river. We finish off our program in Seattle to get a taste of the urban side of the Pacific Northwest. While here, we spend our time exploring some of the most renowned sites the city has to offer – the Space Needle and the Chihuly Garden. And of course a trip to Seattle wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Pike’s Place Market! We also take a day to continue our environmental service work with a reforestation and restoration project.
We end this unforgettable journey with a final evening of group reflection and a delicious dinner, leaving the Pacific Northwest with a deeper connection to the environment and memories to last a lifetime.
Please note that, given the unprecedented nature of travel currently, this itinerary is subject to change.
Participants may be subject to additional expenses related to entry requirements to your destination and/or re-entry to your home country. Global Works does not cover these expenses. Additional costs may include, but are not limited to, COVID tests, insurance, or other. See our Covid-19 FAQ’s for more information. The most up to date requirements can be found via links on your login page on the Flight and Travel Day Instruction form after enrollment.
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ADVENTURE & CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
SAN JUN ISLANDS
One the overnight kayaking trip, we will be sleeping in tents (provided by our local outfitter) along the beaches of the San Juan Islands. Each tent will hold 2-3 students.
During our backpacking adventure, we will stay in multi person tents provided by our local backpacking guides. We will set up camp in the evenings in 3 different campgrounds within the Olympic National Forest.
For 3 nights our group’s accommodation will be yurt-style cabins located at the western edge of the the Snoqualmie Forest. From here we will be in striking distance of both the lower Cascades and the Seattle Waterfront.
During the last leg of our trip, our lodging in Seattle will be a locally run hotel in the heart of the city. Rooms will be dormitory style with bunk beds and shared bathrooms. Each private room typically holds 4-8 students.