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. Explore these islands by kayak and ferry to experience and learn first hand about local Native American culture and regional ecology. Gain the skills needed to thrive in the wilderness on an overnight backcountry backpacking trip in the Olympic National Forest. Expert outdoors guides will assist us in the journey while teaching us about conservation and environmental awareness. 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 help us look out for animals including seals and porpoises, 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 wildlife rehabilitation center.
Board the ferry once again and travel back to Anacortes on the mainland and continue the drive south to our rustic cabins near the Snoqualmie River. During this chapter of the trip, we roll up our sleeves and get to work on several environmental restoration service projects. Projects include trail maintenance, conducting impact studies on microplastic pollutants, and land stewardship work in collaboration with native Co Salish tribal organizations.
Put on your hiking shoes and prepare for our wilderness adventure on the Olympic Peninsula. Professional backcountry guides meet us at the base of the Olympic National Forest to help us prepare for our 3 day, 2 night wilderness backpacking trip. We learn how to Leave No Trace and be totally self-sufficient in the backcountry. Our challenging route through the wilderness provides plenty of rewarding sights and opportunities to broaden our comfort zones. Expect to cover several miles of trail each day and to make do with less- we will pack all of our gear in and out!
We finish our program in Seattle to get a taste of the urban side of the Pacific Northwest. While here, we spend time exploring 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, with an additional opportunity to explore beautiful trails in the Cascade Mountains.
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.
There is no chaperoned group flight for this program. Airfare is not included in the tuition. We will provide a recommended window of arrival and departure times for the group.
Please note that 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.
Participate in trail maintenance and environmental sustainability projects
Support local research efforts aimed at protecting our planet’s plant and animal species
ADVENTURE & CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
Visit the Space Needle
Hike the Olympic National Forest
SAN JUAN ISLANDS
On the overnight kayaking trip, we will sleep 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 three nights, our group’s accommodation will be yurt-style cabins located at the western edge of the Snoqualmie Forest. From here we are 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.