Founded in 1999 as a non-profit organization, Lifeschool offers any group of ten or more a cornucopia of destinations and outdoor based activities that inspire and empower. We create highly customized, professionally facilitated, fun, all-inclusive outdoor adventures, service projects and urban tours at very affordable prices. We welcome and prefer groups who have children ages 10 or older. Class trips, spring break, graduation, family adventures, school alumni trips, new school year and corporate retreats are among our offerings from April – October.
Destinations for the 2013 season will include Alaska, California, Colorado, Costa Rica, Hawaii, New Mexico, Oregon, Peru, Washington and Utah.
Although we often work closely with schools, Lifeschool is not a school.
Lifeschool adopted the name Go Adventure to distinguish its services from school and to avoid confusion.
Over the years, our programs have expanded from simple wilderness adventures to include tours and service trips. We work with you and your group, drawing from any or all types of adventure to create the perfect experience for your trips. All trips offer from beginner to intermediate challenge level and are tailored to the specific goals of each group or class. Our programs page offers more detailed descriptions of each type of adventure.
How the Go Adventure staff facilitates a holistic experience: AIR™ – Active, Instructive, and Reflective
Lifeschool's mission is to empower teens from all backgrounds with life skills and environmental ethics through wilderness travel, cultural tours and service projects. This means that we set out to do a lot more than give you a fun vacation (although that is one of our top priorities as well!).
Each day we give you ways to explore different places and activities, to learn and practice new skills, and to reflect on it all. This approach to experiential learning can be seen on every Go Adventure trip – we call it AIR™ – Active, Instructive, and Reflective. Sure, you'll scale peaks together and brave rapids (active experiences), but you'll also learn lasting life skills such as conflict resolution, cooking, wilderness first aid, orienteering, and Leave No Trace principles of wilderness travel (instructive opportunities). We give you moments for solo reflection, such as drawing, journaling, and time to sit and soak in the beauty around you, providing facilitated group reflection (reflective activities). Each night we offer a new activity with a different theme and a different opportunity to reflect on our journey together. You'll get to know each other and yourselves even better through these evening 'serendipities.'
Implementing the AIR™ approach gives us all moments to do things we already love to do but also gives us moments to grow and challenge ourselves, to open up our comfort zones bit by bit. We realize that at different moments each of us will feel challenged, and learn to support and respect each member of the group. And, you hopefully will feel a huge sense of accomplishment for all you have done and experienced, together and on a personal level as well.
FAQ page: To learn more.
Applications are accepted on-line.
Financial aid is available to students based on merit and need.
NOTE: Due to the nature of our programs and scope of our training, Go Adventure trips are not designed to be intervention or therapy based. We do not serve adjudicated youth or youth with extreme behavioral, developmental or emotional challenges.