At WorldStrides, we are constantly seeking new ways for students to experience educational travel. That’s why we are excited to offer three new Science Discoveries programs to our already robust offerings to locations including Florida, California, Iceland, and Costa Rica. These new programs travel to Hawaii, Alaska, and Costa Rica and Nicaragua, giving students the opportunity to experience hands on science in diverse, unique locations.
Nicknamed “The Last Frontier,” Alaska offers breathtaking landscapes, incredible wildlife viewing, and so much more. On our new Ultimate Alaska program, students arrive in Anchorage, where they meet their WorldStrides representative for a team building exercise, dinner, and a good night’s sleep before their adventures in the Alaska wild begins.
While in Alaska, students visit Potter Marsh where they stop at the southernmost point in the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge to walk a boardwalk that extends 1,500-feet into marsh to study Canada Geese, canvasback ducks, northern pintails, and even eagles. Students also travel deep into Denali National Park where they are encouraged to keep their cameras at the ready for photo ops of The Big Five—caribou, grizzly bear, Dall sheep, moose, and wolves.
Students will experience Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward Sealife Center, an evening hike to Exit Glacier, and so much more, exploring some of the best destinations Alaska has to offer.
Hawaii, the Aloha State, feels like it’s a world away from the moment students arrive in Kona. While on our new Discover Hawaii program, students get an up close and personal look at Hawaii’s beautiful landscape and unique culture.
At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, students will hike through volcanic craters, scalded deserts, and lush rainforests. They will even walk through a 500-year-old lava tube and see two active volcanoes. After a visit to Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, students will be treated to a traditional Hawaiian Lu’au and authentic Polynesian show where they will learn how to play the ukulele, participate in a hula dance, and discuss the local legends and the cultural connections Hawaiian people have to their land.
While in Hawaii, students will also participate in a Kilauea Iki Crater Hike, tour a macadamia nut factory, visit the Halema’uma’u Crater, and cruise to Kealakekua Bay, a Marine Life Conservation District where they will snorkel in the brilliant blue waters and see vibrant coral, tropical fish, and, on occasion, spinner dolphins.
Costa Rica and Nicaragua
A new addition to our Costa Rica Science Discovery programs is our Costa Rica and Nicaragua program. After arriving in Costa Rica, students will experience the el Viejo Wetlands, then head to the Palo Verde National Park for a tour that will bring them face to face with hundreds of rare and endangered species of birds. While in the national park, they will learn about the story of the Guanacaste cowboys, and the spirit they embodied nearly 300 years ago in colonial Costa Rica. A visit to Rincon de la Vieja National Park will include adventures like ziplining, hanging bridges, hot springs, waterfalls, and Costa Rica’s largest ‘waterslide in the mountain.’ And of course, it’s not a trip to Costa Rica without visiting the majestic Salitral Waterfall.
From there, students fly to Granada, Nicaragua and begin their experience with a visit to the Mombacho Volcano Natural Reserve. Wrapped in a cloud forest, the sides of the Mombacho Volcano are home to a wide variety of unique plants, rare wildlife, and even coffee plantations. Students will hike through the forests to explore one of the four craters that make up the volcano.
While in Nicaragua, students will tour Granada, take a boat tour of Nicaragua Lake, have lunch at Pico de Garza Island, and learn local dances from Nicaragua natives. On their final day, they will tour Catarina and Managua, and visit Masaya Volcano National Park.
We are excited to offer these three new Science Discoveries programs and provide students with once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Are you ready to learn more? Click here or speak to your Account Manager.