Full Wilderness Ventures Experience Lasts Past Pictures

Flashes of activities are only a snapshot of what adventurers experience when they travel. A disc toss in one shot can lead to a game of chase right after the picture was taken, and then suddenly they are in front of a sparkling waterfall for another beautiful photo.

Wilderness Ventures takes so many pictures because there is so much to capture. But not even the video above can really get across what Wilderness Ventures means to students.

This past summer has put out dozens of future leaders back into school and into the world with a bit more perspective. They have picked up languages, tested their endurance, climbed mountains and learned how to survive outside of their comfort zone.

Those things are part of the Wilderness Ventures experience. It affects everyone differently, but it is never a waste.

Get Ready for Fun Changes for Summer 2014 with Wilderness Ventures

So with the sign up coming in January, Wilderness Ventures has been scheduling some great new changes to the trips that are coming up for this next summer

The next catalog is coming soon and there will be  several trips that have some exciting tweaks and twists that will mix up the routine that has been going for a while. There is a bucket list of trips that will stay with the program for the 2014 season.


National Parks are staying for good of course. Trips to Yellowstone, Grand Teton and others have been a staple and always good trips for novice and expert outdoorsy people. We may see the trails and hiking routes switched up but the fun will remain in some of North America’s best natural spaces.

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Spain is not to be missed and the next summer’s trip will be rich with culture and natural beauty. Students get to work on Spanish skills and use them in an area where they are immersed in the language. Bull fights, great food and outdoor sports are just a few of the things that will get crossed off the list and never forgotten.


Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands are beyond beautiful locations that are being worked on this year. There is no shortage of diverse wildlife or friendly communities to visit, so even if the locations are slightly different than last year, they will not be any less quality. This summer will be a chance to explore territories that many have never seen nor will see in their lifetime.

These are just  a sample of trips that will get a bit of a face lift in order to let other students get a unique experience. Enrollment starts pretty soon, and there are special discounts for signing up before Nov 1.

See you all for the next adventure!

Yosemite National Park Celebrated its 123rd Birthday Publicly

Yosemite National Park got a special birthday gift from the internet the other day with a special logo on Google to celebrate its 123rd birthday, which is pretty spectacular. This means that people are noticing and recognizing what nature really means to the public.

Yosemite and other parks are so precious and great gifts from conservationists and preservationists from days gone by. The millions of acres that we have kept for education, exercise and recreation.

They are places that families continue to go each year and have very special places in people’s hearts. With all of the overly-trammeled land, it is so nice to have a place that people can go to see true nature.

So happy to Yosemite and to all the other national parks like Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and all the other wild areas that bring us joy.

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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.


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.


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


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.

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.
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”.

Wilderness Ventures Fiji Service Teaches Teens to Be Kids Again

This may look like a silly video of kids doing a dance, but it’s also a sweet way to show how community service with the local children can help teens find happiness with whatever they have.

The kids in Fiji are so full of life that it made the Wilderness Ventures volunteers return to their elementary school roots and enjoy the silly game rather than feel like they were too cool for it.

It was humbling and fun, which is all you can really hope for from the end of a trip.

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.

Wilderness Ventures Wants You to Get Your Travel Playlist Going

What is a good adventure without the proper soundtrack? The teens love to belt out songs on the trails or while driving to the campsites.

Here are just a couple favorite videos the teens have watched to get their vocal cords going:

Cat Jump Fail with Music: Sail by AWOLNATION

Beyoncé – Love On Top

Daft Punk – Around The World



Goodbye to one round of Wilderness Ventures Trips


The  first southern Europe trip has come to a close, and it is always difficult to leave such a beautiful area, but it’s time for the teens to get back home and decompress.

Now they can go back to all of their friends and explain the great time they had, and begin to see the world a bit differently. The video above does more than words can ever say, but isn’t even close to what the students actually got to experience.


5 Great Reasons to Travel from Wilderness Ventures

Do you really need a reason to get out into the world? Well, if you aren’t convinced that travelling is something everyone should do for fun, then here are 10 reasons that will make you think a little harder.

1. Get exercise

Trekking through the Rocky Mountain wilderness, swimming in the Great Barrier Reef, or even just taking a stroll through an outdoor mall are all ways to get exercise. Going somewhere else to do these activities can help kick start a healthier lifestyle, or add to the list of great destinations to do a hobby


2. Make new friends

Going somewhere popular increases the chance that you will find people, and that those people will have something in common with you. Or even if it’s a specific activity, you could strike up a conversation about your passion. Group trips like Wilderness Ventures build strong friendships because everyone is having fun together and learning, which makes for great stories.


3.  Learn about new cultures

You don’t have to go too far to experience a different way of life, but being in a new country is always exciting. Whether it is learning about Alaskan traditions or speaking Spanish in Costa Rica, there is always a new point of view to experience. It will give you a better appreciation of life and how differences add some new perspectives.


4. Hands-on Education

Wilderness Ventures likes to give students some education that they can go on the trips ad actually see. Info desks at destinations are very helpful and have information on places you can actually see. You can learn the history of something that is front of you and take away a sense that you learned a little something in a fun way. Also, language classes in the native country make things far more real and interesting.



5. It’s just fun

Going somewhere else for a while is just a great way to entertain yourself. It gives you a chance to try new things and enjoy the view of an ocean of a mountain ridge. You can let loose and go dancing or just sit and relax in a hotel for a nap. You can catch local events, take a dip in a pool or shop around. It doesn’t matter as long as you’re enjoying it.


Look at the Bright New Faces for Wilderness Ventures Jackson Hole Trip

Another new batch of eager teenagers showed up at the airport this week and were greeted by Mike and Helen Cottingham. They are getting ready for one of the most fun and oldest trips that Wilderness Ventures offers.


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The meet and greets were over just in time and the first outdoor adventure in Grand Teton National Park for a hike wearing the new Wilderness Ventures shirts to look like a team while everyone gets to know each other.