Washington State Discovery

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St. Bernadette Students Explore 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. Bernadette Parish School 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. Big impact.

Program length: 2 days
All Inclusive Price: $250

Adult Traveler Price: $350

Date: May 20-21, 2020

$50 Deposit Due at Enrollment


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • Hands-on, authentic learning focus on Washington’s agricultural industry – understand the economic impact of Yakima’s agriculture for our state
  • Visit a working farm: in-depth Introduction to Washington’s agricultural industry, from farming to harvesting, from processing to distribution
  • Discover new aspects of Native American cultural history & taste college life at Heritage University, with focused discussion on “Equity, Equality and Social Justice”
  • Bring wild-west, pioneer & farming history to life at Yakima’s interactive Agriculture Museum
  • Living Your Values: engage in meaningful, sustainable community service with Yakima’s “OIC”
  • Learn about the life, labor experiences & education of Migrant Workers & their families
  • Share in an impactful discussion about American citizens of Japanese descent who were imprisoned in concentration camps during World War II
  • Tide pooling & the Puget Sound, learn about the cultural, economic and ecological role of PNW salmon and other marine life

Wonders of Washington - Quo Student Travel - Educational Travel Program
Quo Student Travel provides all lodging and meals (except brown bag lunch on Day 1), transportation, admissions/activities & guides

STUDENTS NEED TO BRING: 

  • Sun hat
  • Toiletries & proper clothing
  • Walking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Journal
  • Writing utensil

Day One: Marine Biology, Agriculture & Immigration

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2020: South Seattle, Yakima

7:45 am – Students arrive at St. Bernadette’s Parish School

8:00 am – Bus departs

9:00 am – Arrive at Highline Community College’s MaST Center.

  • Learn from a skilled marine biologist about the vibrant tide pools of the South Sound.
  • Did you know that the world’s largest octopus lives in the Sound?
  • Enjoy time exploring a working, rehabilitative aquarium.
  • We’ll also walk the beach with the experts, learning in a hands-on environment about Seattle’s shores.

10:45 am – Board our motor coach and begin drive to Yakima

12:15 pm – Stop in iconic Roslyn and enjoy a brown bag lunch (brought from home) at Pioneer Park

1:00 pm – Depart Roslyn and continue drive to Yakima

2:00 pm – Arrive at Heritage University

  • Introduction to campus, college life, and what makes Heritage University one of the most unique and diverse universities in North America.
  • Team-building exercises and an in-depth discussion on equity, equality and justice.
  • Gain an understanding of why this university is so important to the people of the Yakima River Valley.

3:15 pm – Arrive at Inaba Farms in Wapato, WA

  • Inaba Farms is a third-generation owned and family operated farming operation.
  • With its roots dating back to 1907 when they first immigrated from Japan, the Inaba family brought traditional Japanese farming techniques with them.
  • Today they own 1,200 acres of land, but many of their sustainable practices can be traced back to their origins.
  • Significantly, one of their core values focuses on the year-round employment of LOCAL workers (quite rare). They make deliberately diverse & strategic crop-planting decisions to allow for this practice.
  • Students will learn about this family’s experience when American Citizens of Japanese descent were forcibly incarcerated in American concentration camps during World War II. We will discuss the ways this history still affects their lives, ethics and operation fo their business today. We will also learn about the inspirational response from their farming community when they were in the camps.
  • Notably, many of Inaba’s crops can be found atop Seattle’s famed PAGLIACCI pizzas!

4:30 pm – Roll up your sleeves and prepare for a hands-on service activity at Yakima’s vital “OIC”!

  • Students will participate in a community garden project benefitting members of the Yakima Valley region.
  • This is an ongoing, sustainable project that has had contribution from various schools throughout the Seattle Archdiocese.
  • This community garden provides critically important nutrition for extremely vulnerable members of the Washington State community, as fresh, healthy food is distributed to those who need it most in this region.

7:00 pm – We’ll wash up and dig in as we enjoy a delicious, fun dinner in Yakima!

8:30 pm – Check into our hotel for the night: Oxford Suites

  • There will be time to settle in, reflect on the day’s activities, journal, and prepare for a successful day tomorrow.

10:00 pm – Lights out!

Day Two: Peer Exchange & Agricultural Heritage

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2020 – Yakima

6:30 am – Official wake up!

7:00 am – Cooked Breakfast at the hotel, pack up, finish journaling, prepare for a successful day!

8:30 am – Board motor coach & depart hotel

9:00 am – Mass with students a a local Catholic school (**subject to availability)

10:15 am – Experience a “Peer Exchange” with Catholic school students

  • What are the similarities between your life and your Yakima peers’ lives?
  • How are your day-to-days in the Seattle area alike and different from Yakima’s?
  • What are you both studying in school? How is their school experience different?
  • Where do your favorite movies, music and pastimes overlap? What new things can you introduce to one another?

12:00 pm – Enjoy an authentic Mexican make-your-own-tacos lunch, picnic-style, with Yakima’s popular favorite, Ninos!

1:15 pm – Arrive at the Central Washington Agricultural Museum

  • The Ag Museum is the largest museum of its kind in the PNW.
  • This is an exciting opportunity for students to have a hands-on opportunity to experience farm life over the past 100 years.
  • Home to over 150 antique tractors and 1,000 pieces of antique machinery, students can really imagine what life was like for our first settlers.
  • As we work side-by-side hand-churning apple butter, history comes alive and they will travel back in time to the pioneer days.
  • This is enforced through re-enactments and engaging educational discussions and activities including blacksmithing, buggy rides, etc.

3:15 pm – Board the motor coach and depart Yakima, enjoy a snack on the bus

7:30 pm – Arrive back at school

THANK YOU!

Quo Student Travel is honored to work with St. Bernadette Parish 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. Bernadette Parish School strive to craft the ideal Washington State Discovery experience!