Experience the bounty of California’s most magical landscapes as you not only see them, but help to improve them! Have the adventure of a lifetime on this meaningful community service program as you work to preserve beautiful Northern California. Share a smile and a meal with the impoverished of San Francisco as you serve the homeless at the Glide Foundation. Explore the splendors of Yosemite National Park, take a dip in the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe, and inflatable kayak down thrilling rapids as you soak in the warm summer sun. Take surf lessons at one of Northern California’s most enchanting beaches, explore the beautiful city of San Francisco, and learn about amazing marine mammals as you take a behind-the-scenes look at the Marine Mammal Center. Take a journey this summer that will not be forgotten by you or those you served.
Service in San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area
St. Anthony’s Foundation and the Glide Foundation help the impoverished of San Francisco rise above their current circumstances through free meal, clothing and technical job training programs. These programs, offered 365 days a year, are an integral part of helping alleviate poverty and suffering for people of all ages. We spend time with these organizations sharing meals, smiles, and stories with these children, men, and women, as we brighten their days, and our own!
Across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, we head out of the city to Marin County. Known for its pristine coastline and beautiful Redwood forests, we join forces with local organizations who lead us in a meaningful service project. We spend a day with experts from the Golden Gate Conservancy and the Marin Open Space working to restore and maintain this pristine landscape.
Discover San Francisco
No trip to the Bay Area is complete without spending an afternoon exploring the famous sights of San Francisco. We make sure to visit the ever popular Pier 39, ride a cable car up the steep hills, wander through Chinatown and admire the view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
While in San Francisco, we make time for a morning of education about marine species at the Marine Mammal Center. Led by marine science experts, we get a behind the scenes tour of this state of the art research facility and animal hospital. We have a chance to see mammal patients and view the work of those that are dedicated to helping them.
Out on the coast, we spend an exciting morning learning the exhilarating sport of surfing. The perfect place for beginners and experienced surfers alike, we spend the rest of the afternoon perfecting our skills to catching gentle waves, and soaking up the midday summer heat of California.
Explore Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park was one of our first National Parks and is well known for its waterfalls. We spend three days exploring these famous falls, the dazzling granite sites of Half Dome, beautiful valleys while taking the opportunity to cool off with a dip in the picturesque Tuolumne River.
As a group, we have the rare opportunity to be involved in a service project with this amazing park. Whether we assemble picnic tables, build campsites or work on beautifying trails, we can be proud to give back to this national treasure.
Lake Tahoe Basin
Lake Tahoe, where California and Nevada meet, is the gem of the Sierra Nevada. We spend three days working and playing hard! Joining the Truckee Donner Land Trust or the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, we build trails for future generations to explore. We also have plenty of time to explore the lush pine forests, clear rivers, and sapphire blue lakes which make Tahoe a premier destination.
Whitewater Kayaking on Cache Creek
Traveling through the central valley of the State, we find ourselves at the hidden treasure of Cache Creek. Tumbling from the lush coastal mountains, Cache Creek is the perfect place to play in the summer heat. Here we learn to safely navigate our inflatable kayaks through classic Class III rapids, like Mother and Jaws, on an exciting day on the river! p on the shores of San Francisco Bay.