Students depart for each expedition not knowing where they will end up. They leave all cell phones and ipods behind before stepping onto the bus. Students pack light because our bus is also our classroom, gear shed, and living room for the coming days. What at first seems restricting is soon liberating.

Each day brings new challenges and opportunities for students as they learn to accept the unknown and approach each day with enthusiasm and focus.  Students are free to embrace each experience without being tempted to look past a learning opportunity. This method of learning creates confident and resilient young people who learn to be successful in any situation.  Confidence to thrive in the unknown and unexpected will better prepare our students to lead in school, their communities and beyond.

Past Expedition Highlights:

2014- ”What is Power?”  During this expedition we explored the concept of power in many forms through the places we visited.  We spent the first nights at a decommissioned atlas nuclear missile silo and learned about the power of the military and of fear.  We then visited Paul Smith’s College and learned about the power of education.  We went canoeing in the Adirondacks and talked about the power of working together.  We visited Seneca Falls and the home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and learned about the origins of the Women’s Rights movement and the power of activism and voting.  We went to Niagara Falls and saw the power of nature.  In Central Pennsylvania we got to visit and tour a hydrofracking rig.  We visited Washington, DC on the 4th of July and watched the fireworks with 2 million other people and saw the power of our nation’s capital.  In the end we realized the power of our character and the importance of always seeking to self-improve.

2010-The Journey West, working at a rodeo in Cody, Wyoming, Canoeing the path Lewis and Clark traveled on the  Missouri River, Overnight backpacking in Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Volunteering as ranch hands in Montana…oh and the adventure that comes from a broken down bus in Nebraska.


2009-Examining Coal Industry in West Virginia, Climbing at Seneca Rocks West Virginia, Overnight stay and milking with Amish family in Pennsylvania, New York Harbor Environmental assessment with NOAA aboard US Coast Guard vessel, American Cancer Society run across the George Washington Bridge in New York City, Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, Coffee with Senator Hagan in Washington DC, Ethnic Cooking Lesson, Service and history at Glenn Echo Park

2008-Flight to Portland Maine, successful climb of Mt. Washington, in depth study of New England fisheries with NOAA in Gloucester and Rock Port Massachusetts, Lobster, Leadership Lessons at Emerson College in Boston Massachusetts, service with a fine furniture maker in Pennsylvania

2007- Journal making at Penland School of Crafts, Overnight backpacking in Shenandoah National Park, Staining a potters studio in Pennsylvania, American Cancer Society run across the George Washington Bridge in New York City, Marine Science research vessel with NOAA in the Cheseapeake Bay, Camping on Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland.

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