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  • Hiking in Olympic National Park

    Port Angelas:  Five nights #21785
    Program Date: 5/22/16-5/27/16 and 9/18/16-9/23/16
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    Home to three distinct ecosystems, Olympic National Park begins with Washington's Pacific Coastline and then moves inland to shape the temperate rainforests and alpine meadows surrounded by glacier peaks.  Explore these varying terrains with skilled experts who offer their insight into the region's ecology and fauna, and learn why the park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve.  You'll also enjoy an opportunity to walk along the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge and learn about the 250 bird species and 41 mammal species that call this coastal habitat home.

  • Two Island Trek: Great Coastal Hikes in the San Juan Islands

    San Juan Island; Five nights. #16296
    Program Date: 5/15/16–5/21/16 and 9/24/16–9/30/16
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    Revel in seascapes of untold beauty on hikes along the coastal shorelines and ridges of San Juan and Orcas islands. With the Olympic Mountains looming in the distance, hike atop the coastal prairie bluffs of San Juan Island National Historic Park. Consider environmental issues of the Salish Sea ecosystem and gain a sense of place typically reserved for locals as you ramble through an outdoor sculpture park and past the picturesque Limekiln Lighthouse. Journey by ferry to Orcas Island for hikes through high meadows and rocky ledges that reveal panoramic vistas of the San Juan and Canadian Gulf islands, a unique place that is as ecologically vital as it is beautiful.


  • The Cascade Loop: Hiking in the North Cascades and Methow Valley

    San Juan Island; Five nights. #18407
    Program Date: 5/8/16–5/14/16 and 9/11/16–9/17/16
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    Experience the stunning landscapes of the North Cascades and Methow Valley on expert-led hikes through protected wilderness. Learn about local ecology along the Skagit River in the North Cascades National Park. Experience the award winning trail system steps from your door at a mountaintop lodge in the treasured Methow Valley. Witness the alpine-fed whitewater in Tumwater Canyon. And dive deeper into the region’s story as you explore the nation’s first Smokejumper base and visit the old west town of Winthrop and its fish hatchery. Throughout your learning adventure, enjoy locally sourced cuisine to complement the region’s spirit of sustainability and spend your evenings at award-winning Sun Mountain Lodge, attending engaging presentations on the region’s natural history.




Coastal Prairie Restoration in San Juan Island National Park

San Juan Island; Four nights. #21270
Program Date: 10/2–10/7/16
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The fragile coastal areas of the San Juan Islands are among the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world. As Europeans settled in the Pacific Northwest, most coastal prairies were converted into farms and homesteads. Today in San Juan Island National Historical Park, resource managers are attempting to restore these areas to pre-settlement condition by replacing exotic plant species with native vegetation. Supervised by National Park Service staff, support ongoing efforts to preserve an imperiled ecosystem and learn about the natural and human history of the islands while enveloped in a sweeping, unspoiled panorama of Puget Sound as it existed centuries ago.





  • Island Hopping on Three of Washington's San Juan Islands

    San Juan Island; Six nights. #18520
    Program Date: 4/16–4/22/16; 5/21–5/27/16; 6/11–6/17/16; 6/27–7/1/16; 7/10-7/16/16; 7/23–7/29/16; 8/7-8/13/16; 8/13-8/19/16; 8/20-8/26/16; 9/10–9/16/16; 9/17–9/23/16; 10/8-10/14/16; 10/16-10/21/16
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    In an experience most ordinary travelers will never share, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the San Juan Archipelago while you uncover the cultures and landscapes unique to San Juan, Orcas and Lopez islands. Meet historians, artists, farmers, preservationists and other Islanders who make up the fabric of these communities. Based in the century-old fishing port of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, travel by scenic ferry to horseshoe-shaped Orcas Island for a private viewing of a prolific collection of art created in the Islands, and explore community-oriented working farmscapes that give Lopez Island its friendly identity.

  • Ferry Tales in the San Juan Islands

    San Juan Island; Three nights. #100133
    Program Date: 9/6–9/10/16
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    Enjoy a truly unique Northwest experience. Savor the breezes on a narrated cruise aboard a Washington State Ferry, chugging through deep-green waters as you glide from Friday Harbor to Orcas, Shaw and Lopez islands in the Salish Sea. On a day-long field study see breathtaking beauty mingled with "modern" island industry. Stop at a beautiful lavender farm and historic Roche Harbor and meet islanders sharing their love of the land and sea. Explore the dramatic beauty of a National Historic Park important to regional history. Presentations add details on marine ecosystems, local environments and more. Take a chance on seeing orca whales pass by the region's only whale watch park, and visit the famous whale museum.

  • Whales & Trails: A San Juan Island Intergenerational Adventure

    San Juan Island; Four nights. #19929
    Program Date: 6/20–6/25/16; 7/17-7/22/16
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    Grandchildren will become stewards through their own personalized orca adoption. This program is for grandparents with grandchildren (ages 9-13).  We'll explore the island afoot and afloat, learning about the ecology, wildlife and marine life that are unique to the Salish Sea!

  • The San Juan Islands by Land and Sea:  Hidden Anchorages

    San Juan Island; Four nights. #21786
    Program Date:  5/1 - 5/7/16; 6/5 - 6/11/16; 7/31 - 8/6/16; 8/28 - 9/3/16
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    Orcas breach nearby, harbor seals caper in the straits and bald eagles soar overhead as you navigate the pristine waters and narrow passageways of Washington's San Juan archipelago.  During three daylong voyages aboard the MV Chinook; observe porpoises, whales and seabirds from the deck of the privately chartered vessel as you learn from the knowledgeable local captain and crew.  Discover the islands' unique ecology and geology on shore excursions with a local expert, hear the sounds of the 1,972 pipes bellowing from an organ inside a seaside mansion and much more.  You'll dine on cracked crab as you make your way between islands and enjoy comfortable lodgings in the seaside port of Friday Harbor, the heart of the San Juan Islands.    

  • Island Life: Community Spirit in Friday Harbor

    San Juan Island; Four nights. #21418
    Program Date:  10/22 - 10/28/16;
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    Off the coast of Washington state and surrounded by lush forests and scenic mountain ranges lies San Juan Island – the second-largest of the San Juan Islands, noted for its fascinating history, colorful artists and communal bond. On this week-long learning adventure, become immersed in that welcoming community as you meet local leaders, authors and historians who will share their unique perspectives on the island. Learn firsthand about Friday Harbor's special sense of community that inspires artistic creations, conservation efforts and social gatherings. You'll have options to participate in community service projects, learn at history museums, hike beautiful nature trails or explore Friday Harbor on your own.


  • Northwest Waterways: Seattle to Victoria B.C. to San Juan Island

    Nine nights; #4348
    Program Date: 7/11–7/20/16; 8/22–8/31/16; 10/3–10/12/16;
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    Travel the Puget Sound marine highway to visit three of the most distinct communities along its shores: Seattle, destination for pioneers of the westward movement and jumping off point for the Northwest gold rush; the San Juan Islands, the destination for hardy souls who craved even further solitude and self-determination; and Victoria, the furthest outpost of British civilization, now beloved as a bit of old Europe in the rugged northwest. Experience modern life as you learn the history and future of this beautiful region. In Seattle, learn how climate, geography, fortune, and misfortune led to today's booming metropolis. Field trips to Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, and other landmarks bring the city to life. Contrast Seattle with Victoria, a city marked by old-world charm. Visit the world-renowned Butchart Gardens, and the Royal BC Museum. Round out your experience in the San Juan Islands, a haven for whales, bald eagles, and rugged individualists. Passed over by earlier booms in the Northwest, the islands are threatened today by the allure of their natural beauty. Leave with a sense of the deep bonds of history along the northwest waterways. Seattle, 3 nights; travel to Victoria, British Columbia by Victoria Clipper passenger ferry; Victoria, 3 nights; travel to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island by WA State Ferry; Friday Harbor, 3 nights; Return to Seattle hotel and airport via State Ferry and chartered motor coach.

  • Spring Blooms in the Pacific Northwest: Tulips & Rhodies of the Skagit Valley and Whidbey Island

    Oak Harbor; Three nights. #17457
    Program Date: 2016 program not offered

    Any flower lover's spirits will be raised by the blooming of springtime in Washington. See the tulip fields of the Skagit River Delta in their peak season and explore a unique Pacific Northwest-style woodland garden that is home to the state flower, the Coast Rhododendron. Along the way encounter delicate cherry trees, magnificent magnolias and dainty daffodils. A special treat—cross the breathtaking Deception Pass gorge to savor stunning views from the bridge.