18520
Washington
Island Hopping on Three of Washington's San Juan Islands
Enjoy art and nature, learn about orca whales, visit a salmon hatchery, discover museums and immerse yourself in history and tradition as you explore the San Juan Archipelago.
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Program No. 18520RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,295
Getting There
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At a Glance

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the San Juan Archipelago while you uncover the cultures and landscapes unique to San Juan, Orcas and Lopez islands. Meet historians, artists, farmers, preservationists and other islanders who make up the fabric of these communities, and explore scenic shorelines, mountain vistas, rare coastal prairie and the region's iconic evergreen forests.
Activity Level
Moderate
Walking up to 5-10 blocks and on dirt or uneven paths at several locations. Standing up to 1 hour during field trip presentations at some field trip venues. Elevators not available at some historic field trip locations. Buses do not have lifts.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Spend a day on Orcas Island and explore the island's creative culture on a visit to a phenomenal private collection of San Juan Islands art.
  • A ride aboard the Washington State Ferry takes you Lopez Island to discuss and view sustainable farming and housing on the islands.
  • On San Juan Island, take field trips to an outdoor sculpture park, National Historic Parks, a picturesque lighthouse and more.

General Notes

You might be interested in our 4-night slower paced program in the San Juan Islands: #10013 - At Your Pace: Ferry Tales in the San Juan Islands.
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Russel Barsh
A graduate of Harvard University, Russel Barsh has devoted his career to educating and advising Native peoples on land and environmental issues. He has served as an adviser to United Nations agencies as an advocate for indigenous peoples in developing countries, and worked as the science adviser to indigenous organizations participating in the "Earth Summit," carrying out field missions in South Africa and Asia. Russel serves as the director of KWIAHT, a nonprofit laboratory in the Salish Sea.
Kevin Culmback
Mike O'Connell
Michael Vouri
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