Italy and Greece, the heart and soul of the Mediterranean, the birthplace of two momentous civilizations and home to some of planet Earth’s most spectacular food, art, and architecture. Visit the Vatican and be on the front lines of Italian conservation helping scientists study loggerhead sea turtles.
South Africa—an ancient land with a budding democracy and an Apartheid system overthrown. Students will visit Sterkfontein Caves, where scientists have discovered many hominid fossils dating back more than four million years and Robben Island, the former prison where Nelson Mandela lived as a political prisoner. Students will explore the Cape of Good Hope, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans merge and then head off on safari to Kruger National Park, a wildlife preserve teeming with big game and magnificent scenery. Lastly enjoy a safari to Kruger National Park to visit a wildlife preserve.
Yellowstone and Grand Teton—Students will visit iconic landmarks, be trained in non-invasive wildlife tracking techniques, and witness breathtaking scenery as you learn about these natural wonders alongside park rangers and wildlife experts. Students can attend a white-water rafting excursion on the Snake River, learn about the reintroduction of wolves into the park, and collect DNA evidence for scientists.
Washington, D.C., the showcase of American democracy. A city of museums, monuments, and political power. The trip starts with visits to the U.S. Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, Air and Space Museum, and the Museum of Natural History, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution. Students will embark on an eco-adventure, helping scientists study the ecosystems of Chesapeake Bay.
It’s the most populous country in the world and the most geographically diverse place on Earth. Visit the ancient civilization, the modern cities, the future superpower. Trek across the Great Wall, then to birthplace of kung fu for an instruction with the monks, onwards to Beijing and the “Bird’s Nest” where you’ll hang with Chinese Olympic hopefuls. And find enlightenment at the famous Temple of Heaven!
France and Spain are two of southern Europe's most symbolic cultural powerhouses, known for their famed museums, exquisite cuisine, awe-inspiring architecture and iconic historical sites. In France, experience Versaille with a new perspective after receiving photography lessons from a local professional. In Spain, learn about the unique architecture of Antonio Gaudi, and discover the Roman influence on Europe as you uncover artifacts during an archaeological dig.
England and France are two of Europe's most vibrant and storied countries known for their enduring traditions, famous museums, grand architecture, and distinguished royalty. In England, learn to be a spy, study alongside marine biologists on the English Channel, and experience the glitzy world of London's West End theatre. In France, students help preserve history at Omaha Beach.
The Grand Canyon, one of world’s great natural wonders, and to the Southwest with its rich pre-Columbian history, desert beauty, and enduring cowboy culture. Join astronomers in exploring distant galaxies using a Perkins reflector telescope. Next, explore the Montezuma Castle, an pre-Columbian site of cave dwellings, pueblo ruins and 1,000 years old artifacts.
Ecuador and the Galápagos, home to the ancient Incas, stomping grounds to Charles Darwin, and the world’s greatest living scientific laboratory. In the Andean Highlands, students trek the Inca trail learning the flora and fauna. Scale the Cotopaxi volcano and then take in South America at a café in the World Heritage city of Quito. Once in the Galapagos Islands, learn ecology at the Charles Darwin Center, and help out at the breeding center for giant tortoises.
Costa Rica is ecologically diverse, geologically thrilling, and packed with flora and fauna as fascinating as the people. Strap into “Sky Trek,” a series of zip lines and soar 500 feet above the rainforest. This is the trip for adrenaline-loving adventurers. Work alongside wildlife experts to protect endangered sea turtles, rappelling down breathtaking rainforest waterfalls, witnessing the spectacle of one of the world’s ten most active volcanoes, and trekking the rainforest to take a dip in a waterfall pool.
Experience Costa Rica through the scientific eye of Discovery: alongside local experts, learning with scientists, and sharing findings with like-minded students who love science. Work alongside biologists to preserve sea turtle populations or exploring Arenal volcano with volcanologists, each day will be full of opportunities for unparalleled scientific exploration.
Students learn about this awe-inspiring land from the people who know it best—the scientists and the Inuit people who call it their home. View polar bears, walruses, and beluga whales in their natural environments while braving the frigid Arctic waters in fast Zodiac boats to land on remote, craggy islands, to search for evidence of ancient Thule settlements and paleo-Eskimo peoples, and shake hands with the Inuits in their local villages.
Students will travel from the beautiful beaches and vast outback of Australia, to the pristine lakes and magnificent glaciers of New Zealand. The journey begins in New Zealand as students visit Christchurch Antarctic Centre and receive an introduction to life in Antarctica. The Australian adventure begins with a scenic sailboat cruise in iconic Sydney Harbor and get close to koalas and kangaroos, and then it's off to the Great Barrier Reef where students spend two days studying alongside experts.
Discovery Student Adventures invites students to discover some of the world's best kept secrets. Hike the foothills of Arenal volcano in Costa Rica with a leading volcanologist who will give you a hands-on lesson in seismology. Trek along an unrestored portion of the Great Wall and camp at its base. Go behind the scenes of the Discovery Channel and learn the magic behind the making of their incredible shows.
This lesson explores some of the different forms petroleum takes on as a component or ingredient in various manufactured products, some of the human health and environmental concerns associated with the use and disposal of these particular products, and ways to minimize the harmful effects of petroleum and petroleum-derived products on the environment.