At One Spark Academy, we take our adventures seriously! We partner with NatureBridge to bring our students the most awesome, hands-on, and memorable experiences possible. Our adventures are unplugged from the indoor world so that we can plug into the natural, outdoor world. Like us, NatureBridge promotes the idea of nurturing kids’ independence and self-reliance, while examining the importance of our interdependence with one another and the world around us. Watch the video above to see how great our 2016 Olympic Peninsula Adventure was!
Olympic Peninsula, April 14-19 (Sunday-Friday), 2019
We’ll spend a full week in one of the most beautiful classrooms on Earth! Students will stay in an intimate setting, at the spectacular NauteBridge campus alongside the pristine waters of Lake Crescent, either in historic cottages or comfy dorms, with moss-covered trees towering above them and the temperate rainforest right outside their doors. The campus has a lovely dining lodge called the Rosemary Inn, where students can also enjoy downtime during their day or special programming in the evenings. There’s a hands-on science lab for watershed studies, another with microscopes, and other classroom space for group activities. But mostly, we’ll be OUTSIDE!
Five days will be spent exploring the rainforest, hiking through phenomenal paths, examining critters and plants. We will spend an afternoon canoeing on the lake (weather permitting) in Salish-style canoes that can each accommodate an entire learning group. These canoes make excellent on-the-water classrooms and provide opportunities for group challenges. The water is so pristine that, from the middle of the crystal-clear lake, you feel like you can touch the felled logs 100 feet below. One day we will challenge ourselves by climbing Mt. Storm King; from the top, we’ll have amazing views of the lake, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the distant mountains of Vancouver Island, Canada. We will also take a special outing to (most likely) the Elwha Valley, which is home to one of the largest dam removal projects in United States history. This removal has created large changes to the river system. Groups involved in the Elwha Science Education Project will visit numerous sites in the valley, including Krause Bottom/Goblin’s Gate; both removed dam sites; the state fish hatchery; and the river mouth. Along the way, we’ll use portable tools to conduct experiments, assessments, and improvements to the natural landscape.
- Sunday, April 14: Meet at the Teen Center early (plan for 6:30 AM) for carpool driving to LAX. Our mid-morning flight (TBD) will take us to Seattle, where we’ll meet our friendly charter bus driver, eat a pizza/salad lunch, and then drive to the Olympic Peninsula. Estimated arrival at our camp is between 4:00 and 6:00 PM.
- Monday-Friday: Sit down breakfast, and then out in the field each day, 9:00-4:00 PM (lunch on the trail), followed by delicious sit-down dinners at the Rosemary Inn, and then an evening program each night. Midweek we’ll take our “big” hiking days, although there will be hiking, exploration and team building daily! Other activities include studies, experiments, and activities learning about the geological landscape, the weather systems for rainforests, the history of the Olympic Peninsula and its native peoples, and issues that impact our National Parks.
- Friday, April 19: Breakfast, morning activities, then an early lunch. Our friendly charter bus driver will take us a different route back, loading all of us onto the ferry that crosses Puget Sound. Our afternoon flight from Seattle to LAX (TDB) will get us into LAX around 7:00 PM, with carpools ready to pick us up. Arrival back at Teen Center around 9:00 PM. Specific times will be confirmed.
- Cabin arrangements (based on gender) are not confirmed until a final count is available.
- This is an unplugged trip. Students are expected to refrain from any texting or internet use for the duration of the trip. Chaperones or NatureBridge staff will secure any phones upon arrival at the camp, although some photography is permitted (we suggest a good old-fashioned camera). OSA and NatureBridge staff can be contacted in case of need.
- OSA staff will take PLENTY of pictures and share all of them with you.
- Excellent student behavior is expected (cooperation, safety, adherence to chaperone/educator directives).
COST and TIMELINE:
The total trip cost is about $875 per student, to be confirmed once flights are confirmed (likely November/December). The cost includes the base NB trip cost of $525, flight cost of about $250, and $100 per student toward bus fees, OSA’s expense for staff/chaperone costs, and meals en route. Price includes all activities, meals, and lodging.
- Before October 1: deposit of $300 holds a spot.
- Around December 1: Estimated number of seats on flights held.
- By January 30: 2nd payment ($100-$200 requested) due. By this time or earlier, the trip may be closed to new attendees due to flight restrictions.
- January/February: parent meeting for those attending. Confirm drivers to and from LAX.
- By March 1: final payments and final paperwork due; passenger information provided to airlines, all seats confirmed.