Santa Cruz Island Trip
The Level 7 study trip doesn’t take our students far, but they feel as if they are half a world away. This camping adventure to Santa Cruz Island, part of the pristine Channel Islands National Park, gives students a chance to become fully immersed in a living ecosystem right in their own backyard. As an extension of the environmental biology curriculum, the trip features rock climbing, night hikes with astronomy study, and guided tours with expert naturalists. Students find their home base for the week in a carry-in, carry-out campsite—students learn to get by on essentials, and take all waste with them when they depart, leaving the site as pristine as when they arrived. Activities on the island are designed to build self-confidence, teamwork, and trust. Students return, knowing that they have passed through a life-altering experience.