Why Service?

“What we are trying to do may just be a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

While so much is going wrong in the world so much is going right. Many community-based organizations exist throughout the world dedicated to positive change. The movement has no manifesto or doctrine.  It is momentum arising from the bottom up and is powered by altruistic people wanting to make a difference. Collectively, and in record numbers, these organizations are committed to addressing critical problems facing the environment and our global society.

Students become part of this spirited movement as each Cascadia course features an environmental service project. Students might find themselves working side by side with a wildlife biologist protecting the habitat of an endangered animal or hook up with a team of AmeriCorps volunteers and work on the Pacific Crest Trail – one of America’s wilderness treasures. You will participate in meaningful service, address real world needs and apply academic content in a hands-on, experiential way.

Cascadia's dedication to service learning is a win-win scenario. Non-profit organizations get the extra help they need while students have an opportunity to experience something new, learn from local experts and meet people from all walks of life. At Cascadia our aim is to introduce and instill the "ethic of service".

"Through community service, I have learned what it means to be a part of something bigger than myself."

"I want to contribute my talents and abilities to a program that actually has impact on the real world."

"Joining a Cascadia course would give me a chance to make a difference in people's lives and natural communities through restoration projects and education projects."


Service Learning Programs, Outdoor Education Center, Teen Adventure Camps, Teen Travel Camps


Family Trips - School Trips - Teen Travel

8 Day "Call of the Wild" Adventure Expedition