Explorer Program

Created for foster youth to gain new experiences through travel, forge new friendships, and grow their confidence by exploring this big beautiful world. Students will participate in a workshop program to learn about all aspects of travel before embarking on a hiking trip to visit US National and State Parks.

Past Trips

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Acadia National Park

Maine - 2018

  • Day 1: Flew out to Bangor, Maine

  • Day 2: Hiked to Bar Harbor

    • Whale watching boat expedition​

    • Crab cake and clam chowder dinner

    • Stayed in a remote cabin

  • Day 3: Hiked throughout Acadia National Park

  • Day 4: Hiked through Camden Hills State Park

    • Treked Megunticook Summit​

  • Day 5: Drove back to Bangor and flew home

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Arizona & Utah

2019

Grand Canyon & Bryce Canyon National Park

  • Day 1: Flew out to Utah

  • Day 2: Hiked to Zion National Park​

  • Day 3: Hiked to Bryce Canyon National Park

  • Day 4: Hiked to Valley of Fire State Park​

  • Day 5: Drove back to St. George

    • Enjoyed the carnival​

    • Watched a fireworks show

  • Day 6: Hiked to the Grand Canyon

    • Toured Grand Canyon​

  • Day 7: Las Vegas Sightseeing

    • Flew back home​

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Upcoming Trips

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Tennessee

& Smokey mountains

Trip pending due to Covid-19

  • Day 1: Flew out to Gatlinburg, TN

    • Drive to Tremont​

    • Hike Spruce Flats Falls

    • Hike Prong Trail

  • Day 2: Drive to Smokey Mountains Park

    • Hike Low Back Trail Head​

    • Hike Mt. Cammerer

  • Day 3: Drive to/through Roaring Fork

    • Hike Grotto Falls​

    • Hike summit of Mt. Leconte

  • Day 4: Zip Lining

    • White water rafting tour​

    • Star gazing

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Sponsor & get involved

Feeling philanthropic? Donate and or volunteer today! Below is a button to our Amazon wishlist of items that would assist us very much in our future Explorer Program endeavors!

We are looking for sponsors for the following:

  • Hiking Gear

  • Flights

  • Lodging

  • Car Rentals

  • Meals

  • Ride Sharing

PROGRAM

CURRICULUM

  • Week 1: Getting Started

    • Introduce course goals

    • Build Group Dynamics

    • Establish Trip Expectations

  • Week 2: Travel Planning

    • Learn To Read Maps

    • Destination Research

  • Week 3: Know Your Surroundings

    • Learn Preparedness

    • Learn Survival Tactics

    • Prepare Hiking Gear

  • Week 4: Benefits Of Travel

    • Make Cultural Connections

    • Learn About Travel Abroad

  • Week 5: Planes, Trains & Automobiles

    • Learn About TSA​

    • Learn Suitcase Organization

  • Week 6: The Amazing Race

    • Scavenger Hunt Field Trip​

    • Receive Explorer Program Certificates 

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