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Check below to find quick information about Earth Explore, including answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive.
Which teachers can participate?
Since our trips are cross-disciplinary, they are open and appropriate for teachers from all disciplines, including science, social studies, language arts and math.
Will I know my child's teacher chaperone?
Yes. Earth Explore trips are always led by your student’s own teachers, from your own school. Not only will you know them, but they must be principal recommended, and they willbe leading pre-departure information and team building sessions for the local group.
What is the age range of student participants?
Students from rising 5th grade (summer after 4th) to 12th grade can participate. Children of different age ranges travel separately from one another. Elementary, middle school, and high school students travel in different groups.
What is the cost and length of the trips?
Our trips are free for teachers, when they travel as chaperones. For students, our trips vary in cost based upon destination and length. Most can be designed to meet the budget of any participating school. The cost of a typical 8-9 day trip, all meals and ground activities included, is from $2500-$3000.
What is an Earth Explore Adventure like?
Since 1995, our programs have offered thousands of students and teachers exciting cross-disciplinary educational travel opportunities that combine adventure and real-world learning. We travel to some of the planet’s most beautiful and important places, to study science, history and human cultures hands-on with experts, while also having lots of fun. Chaperoned by their own teachers, our students are confident from the start. Because our trips are sponsored by the not for profit Earth Explore Foundation, our students have the opportunity to learn from the world’s finest outdoor educators, at locations throughout the world.
Our trips are fully accredited, meaning all students and teachers can earn academic credit. This makes the Earth Explore experience a great platform for future studies, and gives students an academic “leg up” when approaching college.
Tell me about adult Supervision
Our adult to student ratio is the lowest in the travel field. One adult Leader is in charge of 6 to 8 students (depending on the Adventure). One to two Travel Managers also accompany each group. Finally, our partners add additional resource persons (educators, guides) at each venue, bringing the activity ratio to approximately 1 adult to 5 students.
Additionally, our Leaders follow a Travel Handbook that covers rules for group travel and addresses all travel contingencies, including proper supervision at hotels, free time rules, and all other Leader-related issues. These rules are reviewed with parents at meetings in the months prior to travel.
What are the accommodations like?
All of our groups stay in tourist class hotels, or dorm style accommodations. In hotels students generally share a room with one or two roommates. Depending on location, many of our hotels have pools. In some locations we partner with educational institutions like the University of Hawaii, the University of Alaska and Cal State University, Monterey Bay to utilize on campus sleeping and mealfacilities.
In some locations students may have the opportunity to stay in cabins, bunkhouses, or tent cabins, such as at a Rocky Mountain guest ranch, or while in Denali, Yosemite, Grand Teton or Yellowstone. There is generally no camping on the Earth Explore program.
Describe the activities.
If you like to learn and explore in a hands-on way, Earth Explore may be for you. Our activities are fun, active, and led by experts. Depending on the program, our students may be spotting monkeys along jungle canals in Costa Rica, observing whales near Seward, Alaska, exploring volcanic activity at Kilauea in Hawaii, or digging in fossil quarries in Wyoming. Other program activities include kayaking, exploring ocean tide pools or coral reefs, touching glaciers, and rafting scenic rivers.
Because of the quality and variety of our scheduled educational activities, all of our programs qualify students to earn academic credit, at the high school or college level.
What is a typical day like?
The day begins at around 7:30 or 8:00 AM when our students rise and prepare for breakfast and the morning meeting. Following breakfast, students set off for a day of adventures, which typically involve an organized morning activity, lunch, and another afternoon activity.
The day ends at dinner and the evening group meeting, at which the day’s activities are discussed, the next day is reviewed. Time may be allotted for games or other group activities. Often there is a chance for swimming at the hotel, socializing with friends, and other free time activities before the Leaders conduct room checks and lights go out.
What is ground transportation like?
The size of each group is kept to approximately 15-30 students and 3-5 Educator/Leaders to ensure the most rewarding, hands-on experience for each participant.
Students travel together with their local Leader(s) from the time they leave the local departure city until return. Upon arrival, students on most Adventures board a deluxe 20-47-passenger coach and are joined by their Travel Manager, who accompanies the group during its entire program. The coaches are normally equipped with video systems, and we limit uninterrupted travel time to approximately two hours on any given day.
What is the leaders' role?
Our leaders are in charge of student chaperoning and safety. All logistical work is handled by our Travel Managers. This person is an additional staff member who takes care of all program logistics on-site during the Adventure. This includes hotel check-in and checkout, coordination with program locations and venues, and trouble shooting. This leaves Leaders free to devote their time and attention completely to the students.
Can a friend travel with my daughter or son?
Most likely the answer is yes! Our leaders evaluate all students for appropriate maturity, motivation and ability to get along with others. Many of our participants each year travel with friends or siblings.