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Great American West Edventure

The Great American West - High School Study Tours, U.S.A.

Custom Dates: June & July Great American West

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Duration: 12 Days
Location: California and Arizona
Price Estimate: $3,750 - All Inclusive, Sliding Scale - Contact us for Group rates and Scholarships.
Program Type: Study Trip; Experiential Learning; Active; Lodge-Based.
Group Size: 26+
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Meals: All Inclusive.
Meeting Time and Place: Arrival LAX Airport, Los Angeles, California.

The Great West, USA - Study Treks / Viajes De Estudio

These are student study programs for domestic and foreign school groups.  The Western Side of the USA is home to some of North America’s most treasured destinations. We invite you on a truly experiential study trip to the Great West of the U.S.: Southern California, Northern Arizona, and the Grand Canyon Region.

We know what high school students WANT on their study tour, rich experiences and bragging rights, and this trip delivers.

We also know what teachers and students NEED out of a study trip, learning opportunities and plenty of them.  Our course follows an expeditionary education model that immerses the student in the landscape and derives fun lessons on a variety of subjects.

The Western U.S. is home to the greatest concentration of Parks and Monuments anywhere on the planet.  The West has its own deep history and a very special flavor.  On this Study Tour students will experience the Wild West from the Coast to the Central Plateaus, California and Arizona.  The Expeditionary Learning approach means there will be many educational opportunities woven into an active and experiential itinerary.

The West is a great classroom.  We have for you a study trip that is rich in learning, leadership, beauty, history, activity, and exploration.

BASIC ITINERARY – Contact us for a complete description and to customize your program.

Day 1 :  Arrival AM Los Angeles, California. PM City Tour. Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 : Los Angeles Museums - The Getty -- http://www.getty.edu/education/

Day 3 : Disneyland and California Adventure Park

Day 4 : Universal Studios Tour

Day 5 : Heading to the Beach! Santa Monica Shoreline. Amtrak to Flagstaff, PM.

Days 6 -11 :  Arrival in Arizona and Settling into Lodging. Grand Canyon Region and NAU Adventures.
OVERVIEW: The NAU area includes the Grand Canyon, The Colorado Plateau, the NAU Campus, the reservation lands of the indigenous Hopi and Hualapai Tribes, and the many excellent National Monuments, State Parks, and Wilderness Areas that surround Flagstaff. This region is home to the greatest concentration of National Parks and Monuments in the world.
Accommodations in NAU student dormitories and full board meal plan.

Day 6 : National Monuments of the Flagstaff Area.


Day 7 : Rafting the Grand Canyon with the Hualapai Tribe.


Day 8 : Grand Canyon South Rim Exploration and Hiking.


Day 9 : NAU Campus – Ropes Course, Campus Tour, Lowell Observatory.

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Day 10 : Hiking the San Francisco Peaks.

Day 11 : Lands and Culture of the Hopi Tribe. Berringer Meteor Crater - the best preserved meteor impact crater on earth.

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Farewell dinner! Packing and prepping for departure. To the Amtrak or Bus Station, back to LA.

Day 12 :  Return to LA and flights home,  Morning Arrival in LA with time to square away last minute details and head for the afternoon flight home.


HAPPY TRAILS from all of us here at WANDERLAND.ORG and we look forward to seeing your bright smiles on this exciting adventure.


The Education --  Expeditionary Learning in the West

California Daydreams and Arizona's Canyon Country.  Fun to be had Exploring the American West

CURRICULUM: Roller Coasters, Cuisine,  Language, Museums, Film-making, Western Geography, Geology - Rocks!,  Astronomy, Natural History, Agriculture, Water Issues, Archaeology -- Ancient and Modern Cultures:  The Hualapai - The Havasupai - The Hopi -  The Paiutes - The Athabaskans;  Health and Activity - the individual dynamic,  Leadership and Team-building.   Applied ecology, Pondering, Laughter.


12 nights accommodations; hotels and college dormitories.
Activities as per itinerary.
All meals, snacks, water bottles.
Land Transportation as described in itinerary.
Two local hosts: 24/7 supervision of group.
Step-on Educational Guides for each activity.
Study Materials for Each Student.
Tee-Shirt & Water Bottle for each participant.

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