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Rafting and Redwoods Eco Adventure

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Rafting and Redwoods Eco Adventure - 8 Days

Rugged mountains, beautiful beaches, towering redwoods and geothermal wonders — this student trip has some of the most spectacular scenery in California. Hike to waterfalls, explore lava caves, raft down a mighty river and spend time with local naturalists on this special, week-long adventure that was designed for youth groups.

Day 1: After our meet and greet, we set out to explore San Francisco's world-renowned sights and cruise through some of the city's famous districts. Mission Dolores, Twin Peaks, The Castro, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Golden Gate Park and the Sutro Baths are among some of the possible stops before we check out the Golden Gate Bridge for breathtaking views of the city.

Once over the bridge we head to the Marin Headlands for an afternoon visit of the Marine Mammal Center of San Francisco. We'll tour the marine mammal hospital and state-of-the-art research facility under the guidance of one of the dedicated staff members.

Opt to spend time in the marine science classroom where students can develop their environmental awareness and strategize to keep marine life safe. Depending on who has been recently rescued, we'll have a chance to meet some of the patients, too!

After our time at the center, we'll cruise to the beach for dinner, then re-board the coach and continue on through the night.

Day 2: We arrive on the Klamath (or Rogue River, depending on river flow rates) in the morning for our first breakfast and team-building. Sort your gear and get ready, our expert rafting guides will take you down the river for a fun (and safe!) float trip. Check the rifts and rapids for leaping salmon — if it's the time of year, salmon will be returning to their home waters to spawn. You'll return to camp in the afternoon for a little free time before dinner and s'mores at the campfire.

Day 3: Today we'll head to Lava Beds National Monument Visitor center for lunch, an educational visit and "White nose" bat informative screening. Spend the day exploring the incredible caves and lava tubes that the park is famous for. From caves with eighty-foot ceilings, to labyrinths you have to crawl through, the caves are rated from beginner to expert spelunker. We'll start at the well-lit, interpretive displays at the Mush Pot cave, then head out to other nearby caves, returning to the bus for dinner before we depart.

Day 4: Rise and shine - we're in Lassen National Park! We'll make a hot breakfast and stroll through the informative visitor center before spending the day hiking to geothermal wonders — Bumpass Hell is not to be missed! Later we'll cruise to our campsite in the forest at Manzanita Lake for swimming, dinner and campfire time.

Day 5: After a quick breakfast, we drive to McArthur-Burney Falls for a picnic lunch and a walk to some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the region. Walk along the cascading river to a pristine swimming beach for a splash before continuing on our journey to our camp spot in the Shasta/Trinity mountains. An evening campfire and star-gazing by the river finishes our day.

Day 6: Keep your eyes open as we head west to Prairie Creek state park — this is a great opportunity to see elk and deer! After a quick stroll through the visitor center, we hike from the towering ancient trees and fern-laden meadows, past a flowing creek to the scenic Gold Bluff beach in Redwoods National and State park. Return from your hike for dinner and a night drive to our coastal camp spot.

Day 7: A hearty breakfast will prepare us for our service work with a Mackerricher State Park ranger — half or full day of work depending on your class needs. Later we'll explore the local tide pools of the shoreline near Fort Bragg with naturalists to learn about intertidal ecology. We'll return to our campsite for campfire story time and our last marshmallow roast.

Day 8: On our final day together we'll head south along picturesque Highway 1 to visit the beautiful bluffs of Glass Beach and explore the quaint coastal town of Mendocino for lunch out. After lunch, we wind our way south to San Francisco and say our goodbyes.

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