Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites with Wilderness Ventures

These extraordinary sites are deemed by UNESCO as having cultural, historical, or physical significance and are an important part of the global heritage of the citizens of the world. Wilderness Ventures offers trips to these destinations every summer there is always a chance to see some of the world’s best places.

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Yellowstone National Park: Spanning some 3,468 sq. miles and being part of three different states in the U.S., Yellowstone National Park contains half of all the world’s known geothermal features, with more than 10,000 examples and is home to more than 300 geysers, ample wildlife, and spectacular scenery. Since 1972, Wilderness Ventures has offered teen programs in Yellowstone and the Northwest U.S. On these tours, young people can kayak, hike, raft, and learn wilderness survival skills in this vast and breathtaking wilderness while experiencing the magic of one of the most treasured wilderness areas in the world.

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Olympic National Park: Located in the extreme Northwest of the Lower 48 in the state of Washington, Olympic National Park is best known for its amazing biological diversity and has been called “three parks in one” thanks to its multiple ecosystems. This unique national park includes glacier-peaked mountains, lovely alpine meadows, temperate rainforest, and a dazzling coastline. On Wilderness Ventures tours, teens get a taste o funforgettable wildlife viewing, mountain trekking, paddle sports, camping, and more

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Great Barrier Reef: Known for its remarkable beauty and marine diversity, the Great Barrier Reef is located on the Northeast coast of Australia and contains the largest collection of coral reefs in the world, in addition to an astounding variety of marine life.Wilderness Ventures offers teens the once in a lifetime chance to Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef while also giving them the chance to earn PADI open water certification.

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The Galapagos Islands: Famous for being the place that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution, the Galapagos Islands remain on the “bucket lists” of many adventurers. This destination includes 19 islands and a surrounding marine reserve that offers visitors the chance to see evolution in real life. Wilderness Ventures gives teens the chance to hike, snorkel, sea kayak, and surf these famous islands while learning about this unique ecosystem and its inhabitants.
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Kilimanjaro National Park: As the highest mountain peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro stretches above the Tanzanian wilderness and beckons mountaineers to climb. Surrounded by land that is home to numerous wildlife species, many of which are endangered, Mount Kilimanjaro offers adventurers one of the most exciting and challenging mountain climbing experiences in the world.Wilderness Ventures leads teens on tours that include a guided climb of Kilimanjaro to the “roof of Africa”.

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Apply During School for the Next Wilderness Ventures Trip

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The trips for 2013 are all done, but that does not mean that next year does not have the same great trips with spots still open.

2014 summer adventures are closer than you think, so it’s time to apply before the deadline and have something amazing to look forward to before the end of the school year rolls around.

Apply by phone, online or print it out and send it over. WIlderness Ventures is always looking for an enthusiastic young person with a natural curiosity for the outdoors and travel.

There are no excuses now that the trips are over, and Wilderness Ventures have several documents to help you prepare to pack, get healthy and pick which trip works for what you like.

Cast a Reel with Wilderness Ventures Fly Fishing Lessons

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Dip your feet in the cool water and look for some slippery fish  like a pro when you go out to some of the best lakes, rivers and streams for fly fishing in the United States.

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Orvis Fly Fishing Instructors teach the teens not just how to throw a line around, but all aspects of the experience. They learn how the environment and conservation efforts along with knot tying and great ways to bait and hook in the native trout of the area.

They will dip their hooks into the Wind and Snake River areas after the three days of lessons to try out the techniques and see if they can pull out a wiggly catch.

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Bozeman, Montana is the perfect backdrop for advanced and foundation-level fly fishing lessons as well as a biology and ecology lesson so that the teens know the impact the fish and the people have on the area.

The snowfed crystal clear streams straddle the watersheds of both the Atlantic and the Pacific in the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness for the first excursion where the teens compete on who can catch the first fish.

Then its off to Fire Hole River in Yellowstone National Park where even more trout that they will release back into the river so that the cycle of life can continue for the next group

Wilderness Ventures Gets Teens Cooking Around The World

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Food from around the world is much more than just food. It is an exchange of culture and a great way to get to know people.

Wilderness Ventures knows that not everyone gets to experience the joy of cooking at home other than a microwave or when their folks are in the kitchen. That is why every day the teens are introduced to another new cooking opportunity or put in charge of the camp stove.

In Peru, students get to shop in local markets to prepare an authentic Peruvian dish that the host community leaders teach them to make. They go even deeper into Quechua and learn to make meals there that you cannot get anywhere else.

Cooking in France sounds like a dream, but it is a reality for students on the many trips to the beautiful city of Chamonix where they get to speak the language and cook  some classic foods. Then they get to work off all of that food with a climb up Mount Blanc.

Aside from city centers. there are plenty of lessons for cooking while camped out in the wilderness. There is no shortage of creative ways to make a delicious meal whether it over a campfire or a modern stove.

Five Great Mountains that Wilderness Ventures Teens Get to Summit

That last grasp of rock before hitting the top of a mountain is such a rush. Looking out over everything that you’ve climbed is so exhilarating from thousands of feet above the ground that you started on.

Wilderness Ventures loves this feeling, and has some favorite mountains that have breathtaking summit views.

Northwest Summits include Mount Olympus, snow climbing Mount Adams, and snow and ice climbing Mount Baker. These different terrains and weather make the climbs that much better and get the teens used to some of the more challenging aspects of the outdoors.

Mountain climbing guides for Mount Shasta prepare students to use pick axes and mountaineering tips for a successful 14,162 climb. This dormant volcano’s views are stunning as the students get to see the ocean as well as the wilderness areas.

Teens get to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro just as the sun rises over the land. At 19,341 feet, this diverse ecological landscape of this mountain looks over all of Africa. Students get a rich background of what the landscape means to the people, which makes it much more spectacular at the top.

Two days at the Exum School of Mountaineering prepares climbers for a trek through the Grand Teton wilderness to one of the greatest 13,771 climbs in the country. Knowledge of knots, signals and rappelling are incredibly useful and make sure that the climb is smooth for a photo finish at the top.

Mount Ranier is another dormant volcano that makes for a spectacular climb in the pacific northwest. At 14,410 feet, the trees look so expansive and the wilderness looks like a classic painting. This is complemented by another climb up Mount Adams, a backpacking trip through North Cascades National Park and whitewater rafting the Sauk River.

 

Horseback Riding in Famed National Parks with Wilderness Ventures

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Mother Nature Network revealed the best national parks to take some sturdy horses out to and roam around and experience the terrain.

One of the places on the list is Yellowstone National Park. The park was recognized for its amazing views and hillsides as well as its horse-friendly atmosphere.

On the Yellowstone Teton Horsepack trips, students get to hop on one of these friendly companions and set out across the land. Professionals ride alongside the teens as they trek through the Rocky Mountains with a trusty steed leading them through tough times.

The horses get a break while the adventurers zip line through the trees and viewing the breathtaking Old Faithful.

Wilderness Ventures Students Celebrate the 4th of July in Yellowstone National Park

 

No better way to spend the United States’ independence than being in one of the most famous American  national parks. Yellowstone is such a spectacular spot and cannot be beat.

After a tour of the area was already spectacular, with Mammoth Hot Springs, Grand Prismatic Hot Springs, and Old Faithful.

Yesterday the teens spent the day on a kayaking trip through Yellowstone Lake. The landscape is rich in diversity, with underwater geysers with hot springs giving the lake a nice, warm temperature.

The teens are busy exploring and relaxing for this national holiday and will catch up soon!