Outdoor Explorations Spring Trips

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Spring Break 2019: Seattle & British Columbia!

This Spring Break, join the University Scholars Program for an intimate, coffee-fueled exploration of the great Pacific Northwest! It’s a land of mountains, sea, and forests as well as amazing food, adventure, and culture. We’ll spend the week seeing all the sights in three major cities in the area; Seattle, Victoria, and Vancouver. For a rough idea of what we’ll see and do in the city, consider the following:

  • Riding a ferry through the Puget Sound from Seattle to Victoria, British Columbia.
  • In Victoria; exploring the city by bike, touring the Craigdarroch Castle, and taking in the downtown sights, and then taking a seaplane into Vancouver.
  • In Vancouver; exploring the outdoors via suspension bridges, touring the Museum of Anthropology, checking out all the amazing local food, hiking Mount Grouse, and checking out the heart of the city, and then taking a train into Seattle.
  • In Seattle; learning all about glass blowing, climbing the Space Needle for a 360 view, kayaking in the harbor, and doing a coffee tasting in the original Starbucks.

No matter what you’re interested in, this trip has it all! Outdoor activities, indoor activities, food, fun, and memories that will last a lifetime!

Dates: March 8 – 16, 2019

Sign Up: Coming Soon

Pre-trip Meetings: Spring 2019

Spaces: 18

Cost: TBD

We will have information sessions scheduled soon – so stay tuned!

Questions? Contact Ken Johnson, USP Associate Director, kejohns2@ncsu.edu or Chester Brewer, USP Assistant Director, ckbrewe2@ncsu.edu.

Costa Rica Mayventure 2019

This May, join the University Scholars Program for an intense, adventurous, and in-depth exploration of the ecology of Costa Rica! We’ll dig into the “pura vida” hiking, rafting, and driving through the cloud forest, to the base of a volcano, camping, and learning all about scientific research and sustainability. This year’s trip is also paired with a 2-credit hour course that counts towards completion of your academic requirements for either the University Honors or University Scholars Programs. Explore ecosystems in Costa Rica! We’ll use nature journaling to promote observation and engagement in the environment. Our course incorporates topics in ecology, history, and education with students documenting their own adventure. No drawing skills required; we’ll develop those over the course. For a rough idea of what we’ll be doing in Costa Rica, consider the following:

  • Staying at a scientific research station in the cloud forest near Monteverde.
  • Hiking and ziplining through parts of the cloud forest near the Continental Divide.
  • Touring small family owned coffee plantations.
  • Hiking to the base of an active volcano where we’ll swim in the pool formed by one of Costa Rica’s largest waterfalls.
  • Fishing on a small family-owned farm.
  • And whitewater rafting for two days along the Pacuare River and camping in the jungle for one night.

This is going to be the trip of a lifetime and one you won’t soon forget! If you’ve ever daydreamed about seeing the cloud forest or seeing what it’s like in the land of pura vida, this is the trip for you.


Trip Dates: May 8 – 14 2019

Sign Up: Wednesday, November 14

Course Sessions: Spring 2019, Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Spaces: 18

Cost: $1700 (includes flights, in-country transportation, all accommodations, white water rafting, zip line tour, hiking tour, Latin dance lesson, and many meals)

PLEASE NOTE: The 2-credit hour course is a requirement of participation on this trip. The course is non-transcriptable and will not impact your tuition in any way.

Information sessions Monday and Tuesday, October 22 and 23 in Witherspoon Campus Cinema at 4:45 PM.

Questions? Contact Chester Brewer, USP Assistant Director, ckbrewe2@ncsu.edu or Crystal Marik at clwalla2@ncsu.edu.