Birthright America's Inaugural Trip

 Birthright America’s MISSION: To insure that all of America’s children can visit their National Parks.  

Birthright America is guided by the idea that when a child encounters something extraordinary, something never experienced before, that child's life is profoundly changed.  The National Parks are a treasure every child should have the right to experience.

“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.”  - John Hope Franklin

In partnership with Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano, Birthright America is proud to provide the educational and emotional enrichment that comes from exploring their country’s bountiful National Parks and from the learning opportunities connected to that exploration to a group of 20 students in August of 2018.


   The Trip

Program​ ​Overview 

  • Students will experience the power of awe as they explore California's varied landscapes, learning about the history and geology of these magnificent national parks.

Program​ ​Itinerary 

  • Joshua Tree National Park
    •  Students will explore the fascinating landscape of Joshua Tree National Park, which contains more than 700,000 acres, two deserts, two ecosystems, and a unique habitat including the ancient Joshua tree.  Through a combination of driving and walking tours, they will learn about the area’s rich history, as well as the geology, flora, and fauna of the California desert.  
    • Students will visit the Keys Ranch  and learn how Bill and Frances Keys made this remote location their home. 
  • Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks
    • In the “Land of Giants,” students will discover a land of diversity and beauty—huge mountains, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees! They will visit the famed General Sherman Tree, spend time at the Visitors’ Center, and, in the evening, enjoy stargazing under the brilliant California sky. 
  • Yosemite National Park
    • Students will enjoy two full days exploring one of the nation's oldest parks.  Yosemite is a wonderland of spectacular lakes, cascading waterfalls, lush forests, giant granite domes, pinnacles, and mountains rising more than 4,000 feet above the valley floor. Students will study the history, geology, animal and plant life of the park, watch the Spirit of Yosemite film, visit the park's museums, and take hikes to learn about the eco-system, nature and fauna of Yosemite. 

(This description includes our preliminary plan for activities, and may change as we refine our itinerary.)

Benefits of Travel:

  • Provides students with a new perspective
  • Broadens students’ horizons
  • Students gain confidence through increased independence and responsibility
  • Increases students’ understanding of and pride in their country
  • Connections and lasting bonds are formed between students and mentors/chaperones
  • Mentors and chaperones model and teach best traveling practices

Benefits of Integrating Travel into Curriculum:

  • Studies demonstrate that students truly learn - and retain what they have learned - when the content piques their curiosity, connects with them on an emotional level and has relevant context in their lives.
  • Birthright America, led by a lifelong educator, recognizes and values the opportunity to connect these traveling experiences to the academic curriculum by providing scholars a chance to explore science, history, literature, physical education, the fine arts, all organically connected to the students’ explorations of the National Parks. 

Your support will enable us to fulfill our mission to bring the national parks to life for those who would otherwise never have the opportunity to learn from and within them.  Your generous donation will make a profound difference in the lives of America's children.

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