A view of Castle Rock in Sedona with the
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Ages: 12 - 14
Dates: July 25 - 30 *This program ends on a Saturday
Tuition: $1,690
Overnights: 5

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Did you know that there are over one billion trillion stars in the universe? Though it’s not possible for us to see all those stars at once, it is known that the closest we’ll ever get is when stargazing in an International Dark Sky Zone. During this program, we’ll travel down to the designated International Dark Sky Communities of Flagstaff and Sedona, Arizona to learn about the stars, space and the importance of preserving our night sky. We’ll visit the Lowell Observatory to view the sun through solar telescopes and view the planets in an interactive omniglobe. Then, it’s off to Sedona where we’ll search for hidden vortexes, participate in a constellation tour, splash around in Slick Rock State Park and question all reality on a famous UFO expedition. You’ll leave this program perplexed and in awe of the brilliant galaxies in our universe, and ready to seek out more inspiring and wondrous dark-sky adventures!

General Program Schedule:
This is a NEW program!

Monday: Meet and greet! Pack up, grocery shop and drive to Flagstaff. Set up camp under the stars!

Tuesday: Visit Sunset Crater Volcano and get an introduction to the night sky with the Lowell Observatory.

Wednesday: Off to Sedona! Day hiking at Red Rock State Park and evening Sedona Star Gazing Tour.

Thursday: Explore the quaint shops of Sedona! Late night UFO tour.

Friday: Cool off at Slide Rock State Park! Evening story telling and celebration.

Saturday: Pack up camp and drive back to Telluride. Hugs and high fives!

*A detailed itinerary will be available on the first
day of the program. Schedule subject to change.

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A negative COVID-19 test will be required for students attending this program. We are working on our current policies and will send more information about this requirement in the spring.

Attending this program makes you eligible for our 2023 NOLS partnership expedition to ALASKA! Click the logo to learn more about Expedition Academy and our upcoming partnership with NOLS! (Must be 15 by summer 2023)