Washington State Discovery

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St. John School 
Explores Washington!

Lace up your hiking boots and get ready for an unforgettable trek through beautiful Washington state!

By blending iconic Northwest experiences, unique access to local flavors, and thoughtful lessons from unforgettable people and places, St. John School’s students will better understand where they come from—and where they are going.

We’ll excite students’ interest, engage their curiosity and bring their textbooks to life through experiential learning.

Don’t miss out on this jam-packed Pacific Northwest adventure!

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Big adventure. Epic impact.

Program length: 4 days, 3 nights
All Inclusive Price: Students $495

Adult Travelers: $615

Date: May 12 – 15, 2020

$50 Deposit due with Enrollment

  • Washington State Capitol Tour
  • Mock Trial at State Supreme Court
  • Introduction to Page Program
  • Yakima’s “Heritage University”
  • FOCUS: Migrant & Native American Cultures
  • FOCUS: Catholic Social Teachings – “Equity, Equality & Social Justice”
  • FOCUS: Agriculture: Produce Farming, Harvest, Processing & Distribution
  • Catholic Peer Exchange, Community Service & Mass at All Saint’s School
  • Gonzaga University Campus Tour
  • GU Athletic Facility Tour
  • GU: Dinner at “The COG”
  • Introduction to Historical Spokane and Spokane Falls
  • Grand Coulee Dam
  • Geomorphology & Epic Nature: Dry Falls & the Missoula Floods
  • Ginko Petrified Forest Introduction

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Quo Student Travel provides all lodging and meals (except brown bag lunch on Day 1).

Day One: Washington State Government

TUESDAY, MAY 12 – Today, we’ll explore many facets of state government, discuss its traditions, and meet some of the dedicated public servants who make this institution a valuable, beneficial and enduring aspect of life in Washington State. We will consider ways these examples help illustrate the importance of good governance and responsible civic duty here at home, across the nation and throughout the civilized world.

  • Arrive in Olympia
  • Guided tour of Washington Capitol Building
  • Temple of Justice, Mock Trial & Supreme Court Law Library
  • Chamber Galleries, Function of Good Governance
  • Brown bag lunch on Campus
  • Capitol Campus Scavenger Hunt
  • Page Program Introduction with Leo O’Leary
  • Dinner at OIC Catered by Nino’s

Overnight at the OIC, Yakima (students to provide sleeping bag, mat and pillow)

Day Two: Washington’s Agricultural Industry and Migrant Culture


  • Breakfast
  • Engage in a meaningful Community Service activity at the OIC
  • Learn about the life, labor experiences & education of Migrant Workers & their families
  • Heritage University Tour, Tribal “Story Time”
  • Discussion re: Migrant Workers & Education, Getting into College, “Equity, Equality & Social Justice”
  • Lunch at Heritage University
  • Sprow Agriculture Experience
  • Inaba Farm Tour
    • FOCUS: Hands-on, authentic learning focus on Washington’s agricultural industry: Farming, Harvest, Processing & Distribution of Crops
    • “Sustainability, Fair Trade & educated buying decisions”
    • Share in an impactful discussion about American Citizens of Japanese Descent who were imprisoned in concentration camps during World War II
  • Drive to Spokane
  • Dinner, Old Spaghetti Factory

Overnight at Oxford Suites, Spokane

Day Three: Spokane Falls, Catholic Immersion and College Campus Tour


  • Continental breakfast at hotel
  • Peer Exchange with All Saint’s School
    • Attend Mass with All Saint’s 7th graders
    • Complete a meaningful Community Service project with All Saint’s students
    • Lunch at Manito Park with All Saint’s School
  • Tour of Gonzaga University campus
  • Tour of Gonzaga University athletic facility
  • Free time to explore Gonzaga’s campus
  • Historical Spokane discussion (Tribal Focus?)
  • Dinner at the Center of Gonzaga (“the COG”)
  • Twilight walking tour of Spokane Falls along the Centennial Trail
  • City Hall Discussion about Good Governance, Civic Responsibility and Participation in Law

Overnight at Oxford Suites, Spokane

Day Four: Grand Coulee Dam, Scenic Highway 17


  • Continental breakfast at hotel, Check-Out
  • Exploration Modules at Grand Coulee Visitor’s Center
    • Gain an understanding of Hydroelectric power generation
    • Prepare to explore the colossal engineering achievement of the Grand Coulee Dam
  • Guided Tour of Grand Coulee Dam
  • Lunch at Missoula Falls / Dry Falls
    • “Dry Falls” & the Missoula Flood: Ranger Dave
    • Explore Earth Science, Geomorphology & Natural History
  • Return to Seattle via Vantage, the Columbia Gorge & Wanapum Recreation Area
    • Ginko Petrified Forest
    • Introduction to the Natural Forces that petrify wood
  • Time for reflection & discussion en route

This evening we will return to St. John Catholic School by 8pm. 


Quo Student Travel is honored to work with St. John Catholic School on this exciting local program. Aspects of this program proposal remain in development. Further details will be added as arrangements are finalized. Together, Quo Vadis & St. John Catholic School strive to craft the ideal Washington State Discovery experience!