Outdoor Adventures in Lake Tahoe, California

Study Environmental Management at Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful places in the United States. It has entranced people for centuries, but climate change and a sustained drought have affected this majestic lake. Add an impact by taking part in a shore clean-up day, and being sure to leave it as you found it.

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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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Gaze upon the Sierra Nevada Mountains as you fly into Reno. The Biggest Little City in the World has a lot of glitz and glamour, and you’ll experience that later in your trip. After you get your bags, board the shuttle that will take you to your lodging in Lake Tahoe. During your 45-minute drive from Reno to Lake Tahoe, you’ll be entering the mountains and admiring the beautiful scenery this area has to offer.

Once you’re done checking into your hotel, take a stroll around the edge of the lake. Admire the sunset as it disappears over the horizon before heading back to the hotel and calling it a day.

Those boots were made for walking, and that’s just what you’re going to do! There are a number of trails around Lake Tahoe, so find one that best suits you and your group. You’ll be able to take a nice leisurely stroll or try something more challenging that has some elevation changes. Keep an eye out for wildlife during your walk.

You can help conservation efforts at Lake Tahoe while hiking. Take water samples and pictures of streams in the surrounding area to monitor the watershed. Crowdsourcing this data helps keep Tahoe blue.

Squaw Valley is one of the most famous ski resorts in the United States, and you’ll spend today on the slopes. The resort was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, so in between runs you can discover the history of the event and see what set Squaw Valley apart from other potential sites. There are over two dozen routes you can take down the mountain.

Following a long day on the mountain, spend the evening working on your body and mind. There are many renowned yoga teachers in the area, and your group can take part in a session.

The fate of the doomed Donner Party is one of the most harrowing stories from the age of pioneers. You’ll spend today at the park and the museum discovering the story of the Donner Party and learning about westward expansion. Crossing the Sierra Nevada mountains was one of the most difficult parts of the journey for early pioneers, and the Donner Party suffered the worst fate.

Later, park rangers will lead a hike and talk about some of the local Native American tribes that used to inhabit the area.

It’s been five days, and your group is probably dying to get in the water. Today’s the day! You’ll spend today taking part in your choice of water-based activities. Take a deep dive with SCUBA equipment, kayak around the lake, or just take a swim. The choice is yours!

While playing on the lake, you can help too. Two invasive aquatic plants have been harming the Lake Tahoe ecosystem, curlyleaf pondweed and Eurasian watermilfoil. Download an app and report sightings so that these troublesome plants can be removed.

Say goodbye to the beautiful blue water of Lake Tahoe and take the short drive back to Reno. There is a lot to do in this city beside the obvious, so get ready for some fun! The National Automobile Museum is the best of its kind in the United States, and it is a must-see for anyone visiting the city. There are over 200 cars at this museum with some dating back to the 1890s.

The Nevada Museum of Art is your next stop once you’ve had your fill of classic cars. This museum showcases collections that highlight the Old West and boasts more than 2,000 works of art!

Once night falls, go for a jaunt on the riverwalk. There is art along the river, and you’ll get to see the bright lights of the Biggest Little City in the World against the Sierra Nevadas. Take a deep breath and soak it in one last time before calling it a night.

Enjoy one last breakfast in the Silver State. Gaze at the scenery one last time and look back on a fun-filled trip where you also made a difference!

Lake Tahoe is world-renowned for its beauty. You won’t find many lakes quite like this one, and its blend of picturesque mountains and pristine water makes its an ideal travel destination. There are plenty of interesting things in the area to make for exciting student tours. You can help preserve the lake and make an impact too! It’s as simple as taking a picture, downloading an app, or collecting a water sample. Keep Tahoe Blue!


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