Yavapai College EDventures delivers educational adventures statewide, exploring natural and cultural history

By Nancy Ostapuk

Yavapai College EDventures are educational field trips offered through the Lifelong Learning Division on the Prescott campus. Every semester, EDventures offers a wide variety of learning experiences in diverse and spectacular locations throughout Yavapai County and Northern Arizona.

If you are new to this area and curious about early Arizona history and Native American cultures, EDventures has the perfect trip for you! We travel to the Hualapai and Navajo Nations, plus fascinating locations in Yavapai and Coconino Counties and surrounding areas, too. Everywhere we go, we learn about the Arizona pioneer and mining history, which makes our state an incredible place to explore. Find a trip that fits your activity level. Pick a leisurely driving adventure or sign up for a more ambitious hike.

EDventures day trips are full-day excursions, and we offer one overnight adventure to Canyon de Chelly, where we take an amazing jeep ride with local Navajo guides through the iconic Canyon del Muerto.

Our trips take a small group of 10 passengers, accompanied by our experienced instructor, Chris Wuehrmann. With more than 40 years of experience as an outdoor field guide, Chris will take you off the beaten path and his amazing stories will make history come alive! Each trip is a personal adventure as Chris interprets the geology and natural and cultural history of the unique locations.

Winter/Spring 2024 trip options include:

  • Canyon de Chelly overnight adventure
  • Crown King and the Southern Bradshaws
  • Drive to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  • Explore Bill Williams Mountain
  • Explore Crater Lake and Lava Tubes
  • Explore Red Mountain and Keyhole Sink
  • Explore the land between the Canyons
  • Explore Williamson Valley and beyond
  • Get Your Kicks on Route 66!
  • Hassayampa River Preserve
  • Hike Grand Canyon: Diamond Creek
  • Rock Art Ranch and La Posada
  • Tuzigoot and Verde Valley Archeology
  • Verde Canyon Railway

Tuition ranges from $170-$250 for the day trips. That fee includes transportation, excursion fees, an expert field guide, and a boxed lunch. The overnight trip to Canyon de Chelly includes all that plus lodging, meals, a jeep tour, and gratuities for $655.

International EDventures are returning! We are delighted to announce that 20 passengers will travel to Holland and Belgium in April 2024. Help us decide where to travel to for our next international trip!

When we step out of the classroom and into the world, we truly learn. Start your EDventures with Yavapai College today.

Visit www.yc.edu/edventures to view trip itineraries or call 928.717.7755 for more information and to register. Trips fill up fast, so don’t delay in signing up for a memorable educational adventure.