The San Juan Islands sit just off the coast of Washington state in the Pacific Northwest. All told this archipelago is comprised of 172 islands, although some are no bigger than a rock jutting from the ocean floor. They are a great beacon of conservation and sustainable land practices. Think of them as a balanced home between humans and native plants and wildlife. The islands are also one of the great feeding grounds for the global population of Orca whales. It’s unlikely we’ll catch a glimpse of these elusive and endangered creatures, but that won’t stop us from trying to find them. You’ll spend your week paddling the seas around the islands via sit-on-top ocean kayaks. Your gear will be transported separately so you’ll be unburdened and free to explore. Typically, this adventure will have 12 girls participating and we’ll switch off partners in double kayaks. You’ll be camping each night in tents at some of the most beautiful coastal scenery you will ever visit and you’ll witness the amazingly clear night skies as we sit around the campfire. As we explore the intricate coastline we’ll take on a deeper understanding of why it’s important to live sustainably in such a delicate ecosystem and ways you can balance your own sustainable lifestyle upon your return home. We paddle several miles each day, but at a leisurely pace. We invite you to join us in the one of the most beautiful island chains on Earth. This is a wonderful destination for beginner kayakers but experienced paddlers will also find opportunities to increase personal skill sets as we work on ocean navigation and paddle strokes.
The San Juan Islands are an archipelago in the northwest corner of the contiguous United States between the US mainland and Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The San Juan Islands are part of the U.S. state of Washington.
Intermediate swimming skills are required.
Beginners to experienced paddlers welcome!
Sincere interest in exploration and conservation.
July 14 - 20, 2019; $1850
Must be 14-18 years old at the time of the event
Technical gear - kayaks, camping gear - is provided.
You’ll receive a detailed to-bring list upon registration.
A $200 deposit will be due immediately upon acceptance to this event. (It's part of the event fee, not in addition to it.) You'll need to purchase your round-trip transportation to/from Seattle Washington (SEA-TAC). ATS has scholarship opportunities available. Contact ATS for more information or download the form off the website. Specific flight numbers will be provided when we send out the detailed packet around April 1st.
Come kayak, camp, and explore the wildlife and plants around the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state.