Western USA Group A - Student Led Adventures

Student leaders, Jackie and Luke, filled us in on all things Student Led Week; What they did, where they went and the adventure that ensued!    "During the second week of November we embarked on the official Self Led week for the trip. In a traditional Pacific Discovery Self Led week, students must plan getting from one destination to another (Ours being Onalaska, WA to Crater Lake, OR) using a budget.  We had been anticipating these dates for many weeks with many gro… Read more

Western USA Group A - Mount Rainier National Park

With only a few weeks left of program, Western Group A get stuck into forest exploration in Mount Rainier National Park, Halloween away from home, and self reflection.    "Our week as captains started off with a bang—the biggest grocery list this side of the Mississippi. We were on our way to the Mount Rainier Institute, an organization within the University of Washington located in Pack Forest and would be far away from a grocery store for the entire week. After visit… Read more

Hawaii Group A - Beachside Camping

What's happing over in Hawaii? We touched base with student leaders of the week Elliot and Ryan to find out what they got up... "We crammed into the van, drove down a long bumpy dirt road and arrived at a beautiful white sand beach, a day trip to Makalawena Beach planned by Elliot, situated under the doming masses of Mauna Kea. The waves were majestic and perfect for the group to boogie board. Afterwards, we headed to another white sand beach that was really a blend of … Read more

Western USA Group A - Onwards and Upwards

This week we hear from students Alex and Kayla, as they make their way to the coast!    "We began our week as captains with a long drive from Coeur d'alene, Idaho to Oak Harbor, Washington. On the way to Oak Harbor, we stopped in Seattle to visit the first ever REI, complete with a massive fireplace and outdoor waterfall. For lunch, Pacific Discovery treated everyone to Dick’s, Nathan’s favourite burger spot in town. Eventually we arrived at the Coachman Inn where near… Read more

Western USA Group A - Halfway Mark

The adventure is only halfway through, as Western USA Group A reach the mid-program mark in Missoula, MT! Students Eric and Lauren fill us in on what they've been up to in the last couple of weeks!   "We started off our week in Missoula jumping right into some conservation work with our guide, Porter. Our first task was to build stairs into a really steep trail leading up to a local climbing crag, and even though it was cold and a little bit rainy, we were able to warm… Read more

Western USA Group A - Heading North

Western Group A work their way north as they pass through Yellowstone in Wyoming, onto Missoula, Montana. Find out what they got up to in between...   "Our group started this week with a drive to Yellowstone National Park. We were finally leaving our campsite and although we had a lot of fun, I think all of us were ready for a hot shower and a bed. Our drive to Yellowstone was about 2 hours and when we got there, we waited for the Old Faithful Geyser to go off. I think… Read more

Hawaii Group A - Permaculture and Surf Camp

Hawaii Group A continue their adventures with Big Island Farms...   "Our first day at Big Island farms started with an early morning wakeup. For many of us, it was the first time sleeping in cabins in a sleeping bag. We began our first full day at the farm with a briefing on permaculture farming from one of the interns Hailey. She explained that permaculture farming revolves around the idea of working with nature instead of against it. She introduced the idea of a clos… Read more

Hawaii Group A - Conservation Work

What's going on in Hawaii? We touched base with Grace and Leah to find out what the second week had instore for Hawaii Group A!   "Our second week was spent in Pahala doing conservation work. We split into two groups -- one group went back to Onekahakaha Beach Park to continue removing the branches from beneath a very large tree. Although it was a lot of work, we loved talking to Leomana, our contact with County Parks, about the meaning of life and how to live it to th… Read more

Western USA - Magical Moab

Earlier this semester our Western USA programs headed south from Boulder, CO to explore the magic red rocks of the west! Arches National Park struck a cord with one of students and for good reason, check out her sketch from the iconic arch!        Read more

Western USA Group A - Personal growth and a whole lot of fun!

Mountain biking, camping, wildlife and so much more! We're convinced that after reading this update you'll be itching to go on an outdoor adventure.   Current student, Bennett, gives us an update on the latest from Western USA Group A...   "The one word I would use to describe this week is growth. We grew intellectually, physically, mentally, spiritually, and overall we grew as a group. This was fueled by the challenges we faced, our willingness to persevere through … Read more