Washington State Discovery!

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Selkirk Middle School Explores Washington!

Lace up your hiking boots for an unforgettable trek through beautiful Washington State!

We blend iconic Northwest experiences and gain unique access to local flavors.

Students learn thoughtful lessons from unforgettable people & places.

In these 3 excitement-packed days, Selkirk Middle School students will better understand where they come from—and where they are going.

We’ll bring textbooks to life through unforgettable, hands-on, experiential learning!

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

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Big adventure. Epic impact.

Program length: 3 days, 2 nights
All-Inclusive Price: $445

Date: Week of June 1, 2020

  • Yakima Valley’s Heritage – Focus: “Equity, Equality & Justice”
  • Life, labor & education of Migrant Workers & their families
  • Meaningful Community Service with the OIC
  • Visit a modern working farm – understand farming, harvesting, processing & distribution
  • Comprehend the economic impact of Yakima’s agriculture
  • Discover rich Native American history and culture in the PNW
  • Examine campus life at the University of Washington
  • Explore Seattle: Pike Place Market, the Klondike Gold Rush, “Seattle Underground”
  • Culture, Economics & Ecology: PNW Salmon & other marine life in the Puget Sound
  • Washington’s unique immigration history: Roslyn

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



Today, we’ll explore the agriculture industry, visit one of the most diverse universities in the US, gain a clearer perspective on immigration and migrant culture, and discover a personal angle on pioneer & settler history. Then we’ll shift our focus as we roll up our sleeves for a meaningful community service project.

  • Private motor coach departs Selkirk Middle School early, bound for Yakima
  • Arrive at Heritage University – Learn what makes the institution so unique.
    • Experience an amazing team building opportunity with one of the University’s leaders.
    • Discuss “Equity, Equality & Justice.”
  • Arrive at the Central Washington Agricultural Museum. Before the experiential learning begins, we’ll start with a brown bag lunch from home.
    • As the largest museum of it’s kind in the Northwest, the AG Museum provides an exciting opportunity for students to experience what farm life has been like over the past 100 years.
    • History lessons come alive through hands-on reenactments. Students participate in discussions and activities such as the art of blacksmithing, buggy & train rides, and butter churning.
  • Visit a modern-day working farm.
    • Learn about the science, the business and the economic impact of Yakima’s crops on our state.
    • It’s an unforgettable “Aha!” when the phases of farming, harvesting, processing & distribution illustrate exactly where our food comes from and what it takes to feed the world.
  • Arrive at the OIC and participate in a meaningful service project.
    • Students will be introduced to the profound needs of many in the greater Yakima Valley.
    • We’ll help by helping tend the OIC’s sustainable community garden, which feeds many local middle school students.
  • Restaurant etiquette: enjoy a fun dinner out as we reflect on the day’s events.
  • Overnight: Settle in for the night and get some much-needed rest at the Oxford Suites.

Personal Growth: by managing themselves, their belongings, behavior, hygiene and wake-up schedule, students learn to take responsibility for themselves on a whole new level.



  • Breakfast will be served at the hotel
  • Scenic drive to Seattle – changing geology, topography and culture.
  • Enjoy a tour of the University of Washington. What does life look like at the oldest and largest school in our state?
  • Enjoy a “Seattle-themed” lunch.
  • Set foot in iconic Pike Place Market!
    • Besides selfies with Rachel – the most famous pig in the Pacific Northwest – students will learn what prompted the development of the most iconic public market in North America.
    • Through a fun “scavenger hunt” curriculum, we’ll discover the market’s history, culture and explore their unique approach to modern local commerce!
  • From Pike Place, we’ll walk to Pioneer Square.
    • Learn first-hand how the Klondike Gold Rush helped Seattle get back on its feet after the terrible fire of 1889.
    • A park ranger will escort our group through the Klondike Gold Rush Museum.
  • Experience the infamous Seattle Underground! 
    • A knowledgeable and entertaining local guide will offer an evocative, interactive & legend-fueled tour of this historic site.
    • Students will see for themselves what everyday life looked like in Seattle before the Great Fire of June, 1889.
  • We’ll reflect on the day’s events over a fun and “uniquely-Seattle” dinner.

Overnight: crash into bed at the Hampton Inn.


FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2020

  • Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel.
  • Did you know that the world’s biggest octopus lives in Washington’s Puget Sound? Fun discoveries like this abound as we experience science in action at Highline Community College’s MaST Center.
    • The MaST Center is a “living educational research center & aquarium.”
    • Students will work with the experts who dedicate themselves to the marine life living in the Puget Sound. This is totally hands-on, interactive learning!
  • Students will put their newfound knowledge to work as they walk Redondo Beach with a marine life expert.
    • We’ll engage in a hands-on scavenger hunt and examine the fascinating tide pools with a teaching guide from the MaST Center.
  • Continue our exploration of the PNW’s marine biology at the Ballard Locks.
    • Here, students will learn about salmon migration and what makes the Locks not only so unique, but also crucial.
    • A guided experience will help students understand the engineering, ecological and maritime concepts so essential to the success of these famous Locks.
  • After spending so much time getting to know fish and sea life, maybe it’s time to enjoy some seafood! Anyone hungry for a typical Seattle lunch?
  • After lunch, we’ll load the motor coach and begin our journey back to Spokane. Along the way, we’ll stop and have our minds blown at the incredibly unique Roslyn Cemeteries.
    • You have to see these special sites in person to comprehend what makes this location so impactful from the perspective of American immigration and settler history.
    • This activity prompts valuable discussion about inclusion vs. separation & segregation, which bridges right back to our very first activity at Heritage University on Day 1.

We’ll arrive back in Spokane just in time for dinner at home with our families!


Quo Student Travel is honored to work with Selkirk Middle School on this exciting “local” program. All aspects of this program remain in development. Further details will be added as arrangements are finalized. Together, Quo Student Travel & Selkirk Middle School strive to craft the ideal Washington State Discovery experience!