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 Highlights


  • Service learning work together with a local Biodiversity & Ecological Restoration organisation
  • Team building activities like high ropes and beach olympic games
  • Sea Kayaking exploring marine ecology and natural history

California is one of the ecologically richest and most diverse parts of the world and includes some of the most endangered ecological communities. This environmental education program will take you to a part of California that is probably less known than the big cities along the coastline. Far away from bustling streets, cars, and urban areas, we will explore the Gaviota Coast. The coastline remains largely undeveloped and is the longest remaining rural coastline in southern California. The landscape consists of isolated beaches, dramatic bluffs, and terraced grasslands. Even if the area is not that explored it has a rich cultural history, and you will learn about the past and the plans for the future. A proposal is under consideration to form The Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary (CHNMS) in this area. The sanctuary will provide an opportunity to advance the first Tribal-nominated national marine sanctuary designation in the U.S. The aim is to preserve the unique and irreplaceable coastal ecosystems and safeguard thousands of years of Chumash cultural heritage by protecting sacred sites. The trip is full of outdoor activities like sea kayaking, hiking, high ropes, surfing, and team building. Students will also participate in environmental conservation service work which may include the removal of invasive species, planting native plants, ecological monitoring, or other work needed.

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Starting Point:

Santa Barbara

Activities:

Grading:Introductory   


Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Flight Arrival, El Capitan State Beach Hike

Day 2

High Ropes and Geocache

Day 3

Channel Islands Sea Cave Kayak and Hike

Day 4

Service Project with UCSB's Cheadle Center for Biodiversity & Ecological Restoration (CCBER)

Day 5

Refugio Beach Kayak & Beach Day

Day 6

Surfing at Mondo's Beach & Dinner in Santa Barbara

Day 7

Reflective Hike and Departure


Learning outcomes for students

A World Expeditions Schools adventure is a unique learning experience. Our journeys are designed to encourage thriving and positive youth development along with leaving the communities and environments where we travel in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to enhance the following life skills that will help you grow as an individual:
• the confidence to lead a group and make decisions
• the value of working together as a cohesive team to achieve a common objective
• the ability to face mental and physical challenges
• the ability to adapt to new environments outside of their 'comfort zone'
• to appreciate and care for the natural environment. The environments we trek through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers and also the local peoples
• basic outdoor skills obtained on trek such as personal hygiene, pitching a tent, helping to prepare meals
Importantly our adventures help increase general well-being and build resilience in young citizens to help them deal with adverse situations in life.


Grading

Introductory


Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning
Programs

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.

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Want to find out more?

Our educational travel experts are ready to help you tailor an itinerary or service learning project to suit your school’s needs and budget. Contact us today to receive a free consultation.


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