SANTA FE / TAOS

ECO-IMMERSION & SERVICE
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WHO

MEET Richard...

An elder of Picuris Pueblo welcomes us with an honor no tourist experiences as he shares traditions of the sacred village where his ancestors have lived for nearly 1000 years!
He loves our eagerness to serve his community and always has a meaningful project- perhaps adobiing the church- for us to get dirty and dive into. Can’t beat that!

WHERE

Colonial hacienda...

From the rapids of the Rio Grande to the courtyard of a colonial hacienda and majestic snow capped Wheeler peak, we explore the history, cultures, and ecosystem of this enchanted place through the eyes and hands-on opportunities created for us by locals.

WHY

Connect the dots...

The stunning high desert, a subtly beautiful human cultural ecosystem where 3 very different cultures merge- Anglos, Indigenous and Hispanic. The combination of ecological and cultural evolution in a spectacular natural setting is magical when our team of experiential guides helps kids connect the dots- at first unseen.

SANTA FE / TAOS: SAMPLE ITINERARY

We customize each experience… options are endless!

DAY 1: Owning your Experience

Welcome to Taos! Your guides introduce the Story Approach & Expedition Mentality, and our first nightly reflection circle empowers students to be fully engaged in their experience.

DAY 2: ANCIENT TO MODERN: TAOS PUEBLO AND CITY TOUR

Take a guided hike of Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest inhabited Pueblos in the US. Then take a city tour around downtown Taos town, learn about artisans and modern history as we contrast Native and Anglo perspectives.

DAY 3: PICURIS PUEBLO - SERVICE IN ACTION

Visit the Picuris Pueblo, a Tiwa pueblo inhabited for over 1000 years. Here we will help the community on a project of their choosing and spend time learning about the incredible traditions and culture of this village.

DAY 4: TAOS, FROM LOWLANDS TO PEAKS

Head to The Sky Valley, where we will enjoy a beautiful 4 mile round trip hike to Williams Lake. Upon arrival to the lake, we take some time to reflect about the conservation of forest areas and learn about this rich habitat. We then visit a local family in town to learn about traditional foods of the Southwest in a hands on a cooking lesson.
Juan, our guide at Taos Pueblo, shared amazing stories about the history and culture of his people. Our students were engaged and inspired by their words and the sights they saw and it set a great tone for the rest of the trip.

Lead Teacher, Pennsylvania

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