Bay Area Adventure
The Bay Area plays host to endless possibilities: wilderness areas, museums, city tours, service opportunities, and adventure. All are located in this spectacular region just minutes from the San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose airports. Point Reyes Seashore, Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay and City, and the Marin and Sonoma Coast regions are all within a short driving distance and accessible for your Bay Area Adventure. You can have both the excitement of the city and the tranquility of nature in the Bay Area.
The Bay Area meets the diverse preferences of any group. Our team knows the Bay Area as it is Lifeschool’s backyard, and we create fun-filled experiences that mix city and nature, getting you off the typical tourist trail. Excursions can focus on time in nature and/or exploring San Francisco or Santa Cruz. The beauty of the Bay Area is that both are within your reach, sometimes simultaneously!
Point Reyes National Seashore – Visit a beautiful mountain range that falls right into the ocean. Opportunities include backpacking, swimming in lakes, beach games and campfires, a lighthouse tour, tidepooling, and mountain biking.
Tomales Bay – Experience a 2-day sea kayaking adventure camping on a remote beach
Angel Island Overnight Trip – Ferry to Angel Island and take in gorgeous views of San Francisco from your campsite. There is also the option of participating in a service project to help preserve Angel Island State Park
Santa Cruz – A gorgeous region just 60 miles south of San Francisco, Santa Cruz is famous for its surfing scene. Enjoy surfing or sea kayaking, or go for a walk, a day hike, or overnight backpacking trip in the redwoods and mountains of Santa Cruz. And don’t forget the Boardwalk!
Monterey Bay – Visit the world-famous Monterey Aquarium
Northern Sonoma County – Offers world-class tidepooling and coastal exploration
San Francisco – Home of Cal Academy of Sciences, the Exploratorium, de Young Art Museum, and many more. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, catch a play or musical in the city or take a boat across to Alcatraz for the day. Play Frisbee in Golden Gate State Park and eat Chinese food in Chinatown! Walk through the historic districts of the City, including Haight Street, the Mission, and Fisherman’s Wharf. Stay in a San Fran youth hostel or camp just outside the city
San Francisco Bay – Get out on the water with gorgeous views of San Francisco! Half or full day sea kayaking excursions.
Day 1: Airport pickup and scenic drive to Point Reyes National Seashore; set up camp, short day hike, games and campfire at camp.
Day 2: Lunch on the beach and then backpacking in Point Reyes National Seashore with a 1.3 mile hike to Sky Camp.
Day 3: Backpacking in Point Reyes, 9 miles from Sky Camp to Wildcat Camp with gorgeous views of epic rocky coastline.
Day 4: Layover at Wildcat Beach with beach games, day hike to waterfall, swimming at lakes, time for instructive clinics, teambuilding games, etc. according to the group’s preferences. Evening beach campfire with campfire stories and games.
Day 5: Hike out 5 miles and go to Point Reyes Visitor Center for Service Project: Learn about indigenous cultures of the region with a native interpretive guide while working to improve trails and facilities at the Miwok Village constructed at Point Reyes. Afterwards, camp at a local state park.
Day 6: Drive south to Santa Cruz for surfing, sea kayaking, and the best Taqueria in town! Evening campfire fun at a local state beach campsite.
Day 7: Monterey Bay Aquarium and tour the historic town and scenic beachfront of Monterey. Evening campfire and closing ceremony.
Day 8: Wake up early, drive to airport, return loaned gear, and time to say ciao for now!
Season: April - September
Base Price: $155/Student/Day
Start Location: School or SFO Airport
Professional, experience guides who love working with students at a 1:6 ratio
Healthy, Organic, Tasty meals and snacks
All Outdoor Gear
Round-Trip Ground transportations beginning @ the destination airport
Pre-trip Risk Management/Orientation Call
“Don’t just start something and quit but instead pace yourself and take it a little at a time. I think pace works with anything in life.”
– Justin, age 13