Ecotourism in California

Educational Student Tours in North America

Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles is Skid Row, where an estimated 17,740 homeless individuals live. Due to the unaffordability of California and lack of state resources, their future is bleak. Add an impact to your trip by handing out bagged lunches or raising money for housing.

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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Your educational student tour has begun as you travel to Los Angeles. As your plane descends, take a look out of your window to see California’s extensive beaches and high-rise buildings. A local guide will be waiting to transfer you to your beachfront resort. 

The afternoon is yours to explore your environment. Stroll along the beach, or take a dip in the hotel infinity pool, or venture into the city. In the evening, you’ll meet with your group and guide for dinner — a great opportunity to get to know your guides and ask questions about your upcoming adventures.

After a well-rested night, it’s time to experience the incredible beaches and ocean of California. Hop on a bike as you ride through Marvin Braude Bike Trail – an oceanside path that follows the coastline for 22 miles! After a good leg workout, take a break to enjoy lunch on the water and a quick swim. Learn about the Pacific Ocean’s ocean waves, currents, and plate tectonics as you eat. Next, you’ll continue your ride through Venice Beach to finally reach Santa Monica Pier. As a reward, experience its lively amusement park and carnival food. 

A professional in marine science and oceanography will accompany you throughout the trip to learn about the marine life you encounter, as well as their interactions with the environment. Be sure to ask lots of questions so you can return home as an expert on the ocean and its creatures.

Take a break from the water, to explore LA’s most famous attractions. Start at Rodeo Drive to shop with the famous and wealthy. You might even spot a celebrity! Next, you will arrive at The Grove to explore its farmers market and enjoy lunch. After searching for the perfect souvenir, make your way to Griffith Park for spectacular views of the Hollywood sign and cityscape below. Finally, arrive at the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Find your favorite celebrities’ stars before heading back to your resort.

Wake up bright and early to say goodbye to Los Angeles and hello to San Diego. After the three-hour drive, unpack at your city hotel. Next, it’s time for a group sailing trip on the water — marvel at the city’s glistening lights with a complimentary beer or wine in hand. Lunch will also be served on-board by a professional chef. As you sail, learn about the physical and biological aspects of the Pacific Ocean. Grab the binoculars to search for wildlife like whales or dolphins. Finally, the sun will set over the horizon as you sail back to shore.

It’s time to explore the city of San Diego by land! Climb onto your luxury coach to dive to Old Town. Explore its historical buildings and shops. Next, you’re off to downtown San Diego including Little Italy to experience the hustle and bustle of the inner city. Take a break at Balboa Park for a picnic lunch with spectacular views of California’s nature. Stop to take photos at Petco Park and Balboa’s Botanical Garden before making your way up to Mount Soledad. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of San Diego and the birthplace of modern California.

Wake up extra early for an unforgettable final day in California. Make your way to La Jolla cove for a briefing on your equipment and the diving site. Next, it’s time to gear up for a guided scuba dive. Marvel at the spectacular biodiversity of this underwater marine park. Enjoy an up-close and personal encounter with the cove’s abounding marine like including the bright garibaldi fish, sea lions, and harbor seals. You’ll likely also see at least one seven-gill shark, horn shark, or leopard shark. Yikes! If you want to learn more about a particular marine animal, signal to your marine scientists who will explain once your above water. This cove is said to be the true jewel of California.

It has been both an adventurous and educational week in California. We hope you had lots of fun, but it’s now time to leave. Enjoy a final breakfast with your group and guides. Talk about your favorite memories and what you have learned. Next, head to the airport for your departure flight home.

California is known for its coastlines and cars, natural wonders and celebrities. From its misty redwood forests to its sun-kissed beaches, the Golden State is one of America’s most popular attractions for a reason. 

On this trip to California, you will learn about oceanography and marine science while visiting the state’s top attractions. The trip’s highlights include riding the rollercoaster on Santa Monica Pier, walking along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and diving with sharks in La Jolla Cove. Book your educational student tour today!


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