The Experienceship Program

Known for its sunny climate and extensive beaches, the west-coast of the United States is the perfect place to combine business with pleasure when it comes learning about the environment and sustainability. This tour will take students to California, the Golden State. While admiring its diverse landscape and sea life, GreenContributor will introduce the group to the world of marine and environmental research. Students will get an up-close look at the effects of ocean pollution and gain an understanding of the human behavior causing it. In doing so, they will get to use fun and exciting tools of modern-day technology. Those that want to go the extra mile, figuratively ánd literally, will also pay a visit to the capital city of Texas: Houston. Here students will be taught about space travel’s contribution to the scientific discoveries that have expanded our understanding of Earth and which have helped mankind monitor climate change and environmental problems. They will also get insight into the development of new technologies that can be applied to live more environmentally friendly. Of course there will be plenty of time for leisure and amusement on this tour as well. Embark on this incredible journey with us and visit Hollywood, take stroll down the boulevards, take a dip in the Pacific and go shopping in Beverly Hills! Don’t miss out and sign up now!

đź•’ Duration of Trip:

  • Los Angeles, Long Beach, Santa Monica – 6 days / 5 nights
  • Los Angeles, Long Beach, Santa Monica & San Diego – 7 days / 6 nights
  • Los Angeles, Long Beach, Santa Monica & Houston – 8 days / 7 nights
  • đź“…Date of next trip:July 20th, 2024
  • ⌛Registrations deadline: April 20th, 2024
  • ⌛Payment deadline: May 20th, 2024

If you are interested in joining this tour, please click on the button below and fill out the contact form. After submission, GreenContributor will get in touch with you to discuss a specific itinerary for your school and provide you with a quotation. You will receive the invoice and payment instructions after the final itinerary and its specific activities have been put together in consultation with your school.

For our tours in North America, please see The Unbe-Leaf-Able Tour and The American Dream Tour.
For other tours, please check our continental page.

With the backdrop of the current negotiations for a UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution, on-ongoing illegal waste trades, and ever-increasing plastic production, GreenContributor’s international programming is an incredible opportunity to share ideas and needs across the world. Plastic pollution is a global environmental challenge without borders and the solutions need to be developed internationally. However, the state of California has a outstandingly large plastic pollution problem, with it having one of the largest economies in the world and one of the longest coastlines in the United States. It also has the largest population of the country. As about 85% of plastic is not recycled, over 10 million tons of plastic ends up in the Pacific Ocean every year.

The reason for this is that plastic does not decompose but breaks up into increasingly smaller pieces. Pieces that are less than 5 millimeter thick that are called microplastic are therefore a big cause of pollution. They often come from packaging, like shopping bags, and from single-use food items such as takeout containers, water bottles, straws and coffee lids. Other top sources are cigarette filters and tire and road wear. Microplastic also includes microfibers: small fibers found in clothes made from synthetic textiles like polyester and nylon, for example fleece jackets, that shed in laundry machines and subsequently pass through wastewater treatment systems. Every year, over 4 million pounds of microfibers pollute California.

Although hard to see, these (micro)plastics cause harm and have deadly consequences for the environment, wildlife and public health. Plastic trash ends up on open landfills and litters the streets and beaches, all from where it is carried by the wind into nature. It also gets flushed by rain into rivers, storm drains and other waterways, ultimately washing away into the ocean as well. Animals then ingest this plastic, mistaking it for food, or get entangled in it. Furthermore, plastic particles can contaminate soil. Some contain harmful chemicals and if released, these can have a toxic effect on vegetation, as they can seep into the groundwater. In the same manner, microplastics enter the human body; we eat from a poisoned food chain and drink from polluted water sources. Plastic contaminates our food and drinks through abrasion of packaging and plastic bottles too. It even makes its way into our system through the air we breathe.

To understand this complex issue and take meaningful actions, GreenContributor offers the opportunity for your students and teachers to participate in training and research at two environmental research organizations. In our two full-day programs, they will have interaction with data scientists and educators, tour the facilities and engage in educational activities and experiences. They will learn how to collect air, water and soil samples and how to analyze and monitor these for microplastics. In doing so, the group will use cutting-edge technology, such as AI and VR tools and advanced databases. Students and teachers will also be taught about the full-scope of plastic pollution’s impact on people and the planet and its invisible negative impact on our health and daily life. Additionally, through exercises and examples, they will explore the connections between plastics and climate change. Moreover, these two programs will provide tangible ways to support solutions for plastic pollution and hopefully empower individuals to take local action after returning home. In this way, GreenContributor brings together different disciplines like physics, chemistry, biology, geography, engineering and social science.

The same goes for our two-day program in Houston. Schools that add this destination to their itinerary will receive a STAR and STEM excursion and workshop at NASA. Students and teachers will learn about the ways that space travel is trying to reduce its impact on the environment. They will gain insight on the steps that are being taken to develop cleaner technologies and on the research that is being conducted into alternative fuels, such as electric rockets, that generate less harmful emissions. The group will also get an up-close look at the efforts being made to improve recycling systems for space waste and reduce chemical leaks.

In between the educational and environmental activities, the group will get to do sightseeing and visit touristic sites and attractions. Through this, students will get a taste of Japan’s culture, history and cuisine. More about what each of the cities have to offer in this respect, can be found below.

Los Angeles – a sprawling Southern California city and the center of the United States’ film and television industry. Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world, offering myriad attractions and activities. Visit the movie studios or take a ride in the world’s first and only solar-powered Ferris Wheel.

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Hollywood sign
Perched high in the hills overlooking the glamorous city of Los Angeles, the iconic Hollywood Sign stands as a dazzling symbol of the entertainment industry’s allure. Its towering white letters, each measuring 45 feet in height, are a beacon of cinematic dreams and stardom. Bathed in the golden glow of the California sun, the sign commands attention against the azure sky, inviting visitors and locals alike to bask in the magic of Tinseltown. Nestled within the rugged terrain of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Hollywood Sign offers a breathtaking panorama of the sprawling city below, making it a must-see destination for those seeking a taste of the glitz and glamour synonymous with Hollywood. With a history dating back to 1923, this iconic landmark continues to captivate hearts and imaginations, embodying the essence of the silver screen and the dreams it has inspired for nearly a century.
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Griffith Observatory
Perched like a celestial sentinel atop Mount Hollywood, the Griffith Observatory is a mesmerizing architectural gem that seamlessly blends science, education, and panoramic views. With its iconic Art Deco design, the observatory stands as a testament to human curiosity and exploration, offering a gateway to the cosmos. From the sweeping terraces, visitors are treated to breathtaking vistas of the sprawling city below, juxtaposed against the vast expanse of the twinkling night sky. Inside, a world of astronomical wonders unfolds, featuring state-of-the-art telescopes, interactive exhibits, and a palpable sense of wonder that transcends the boundaries of Earth. More than a scientific hub, the Griffith Observatory is a celestial sanctuary where visitors can gaze upward, ponder the mysteries of the universe, and feel an intimate connection with the cosmos.
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Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood Boulevard, a legendary thoroughfare etched into the cultural tapestry of Los Angeles, pulsates with the energy of fame and glamour. Lined with the iconic Walk of Fame, the boulevard sparkles under the glow of the dazzling Hollywood lights, each step a journey through the star-studded history of entertainment. The iconic TCL Chinese Theatre stands as a testament to cinematic history, its ornate façade echoing the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age. As visitors stroll down the Boulevard, they encounter a vibrant blend of street performers, eclectic shops, and the palpable excitement of a city synonymous with dreams realized. Whether by day or illuminated by the neon glow of the night, Hollywood Boulevard beckons as a vibrant pilgrimage for those seeking a taste of the glitz, allure, and cinematic magic that defines the heart of the entertainment industry.
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Santa Monica Pier
The Santa Monica Pier, an enchanting Californian landmark, extends its welcoming arms into the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean. As a bustling convergence of entertainment, leisure, and breathtaking coastal views, the pier is a captivating destination for locals and visitors alike. Adorned with a vibrant amusement park, nostalgic Ferris wheel, and a vintage carousel, the lively atmosphere transports visitors to a bygone era of seaside charm. Strolling along the wooden planks, one can enjoy the eclectic mix of street performers, shops, and delectable eateries, creating an ambiance of laid-back coastal bliss. The end of the pier reveals a panoramic ocean vista, where the sun dips below the horizon, casting a warm glow on the waves, making the Santa Monica Pier a quintessential Southern California experience that captures the essence of sun-soaked days and carefree coastal evenings.
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LA Marine Institute
The LA Marine Institute stands as a beacon of marine education and conservation nestled within the vibrant coastal community of Los Angeles. With a mission to inspire stewardship of the ocean, this institute offers a hands-on and immersive experience for visitors of all ages. The institute’s state-of-the-art facilities house educational exhibits showcasing the rich biodiversity of the Pacific Ocean, providing a captivating journey into marine ecosystems. From touch tanks filled with fascinating sea creatures to interactive displays on marine conservation, the institute fosters a deep appreciation for the ocean’s wonders. Through engaging programs and workshops, the LA Marine Institute plays a pivotal role in fostering environmental awareness and empowering individuals to become guardians of the sea, making it a vital hub for ocean enthusiasts and eco-conscious explorers in the heart of the City of Angels.
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Venice Boardwalk
The Venice Boardwalk, a vibrant and eclectic stretch along the golden sands of Venice Beach, embodies the essence of Southern California’s bohemian spirit. Lined with a kaleidoscope of street performers, artists, and vendors, this iconic thoroughfare pulsates with a lively energy that reflects the diverse and creative heartbeat of Los Angeles. Skateboarders carve through the air at the renowned Venice Skate Park, while the colorful storefronts and murals add a splash of artistic flair to the scene. Muscle Beach, a historic fitness haven, showcases bodybuilders flexing their strength beneath the California sun, creating a unique blend of athleticism and entertainment. From the tantalizing aromas of street food to the rhythmic beats of street musicians, the Venice Boardwalk is a sensory carnival that invites both locals and tourists to immerse themselves in the laid-back, free-spirited atmosphere of this legendary coastal enclave.
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Rodeo Drive
Rodeo Drive, an iconic luxury shopping destination nestled in the heart of Beverly Hills, epitomizes opulence and glamour. The palm-lined, cobblestone streets provide a regal backdrop for some of the world’s most exclusive boutiques and designer flagship stores. Strolling down Rodeo Drive, one is enveloped in an air of sophistication as haute couture fashion houses, glittering jewelry emporiums, and upscale retailers beckon with their timeless allure. The Rodeo Drive Collection, a showcase of high-end brands, transforms the avenue into a fashion mecca where discerning shoppers can indulge in the epitome of style. Celebrities and trendsetters alike frequent this prestigious locale, enhancing its reputation as a global symbol of luxury and prestige. Rodeo Drive isn’t just a shopping destination; it’s a glamorous experience, inviting visitors to bask in the splendor of couture, craftsmanship, and the quintessential allure of Beverly Hills.
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Getty Center
Perched atop the majestic hills of Brentwood, the Getty Center in Los Angeles is a cultural haven that seamlessly blends art, architecture, and natural beauty. Designed by renowned architect Richard Meier, the campus is an architectural marvel, featuring striking travertine-clad buildings surrounded by lush gardens and breathtaking views of the city below. The Getty Center houses an unparalleled collection of European paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and manuscripts, showcased within its sunlit galleries. Visitors can meander through the tranquil gardens, where fountains dance and sculptures punctuate the landscape, creating a harmonious connection between art and nature. With its world-class exhibits, captivating architecture, and panoramic vistas, the Getty Center stands as a cultural oasis that not only celebrates artistic achievement but also offers a serene escape into the realm of creativity and contemplation.

Long Beach – this coastal city and port is awaiting you! Admire its water-centric designed neighborhoods and take a gondola ride down the canals.

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Rainbow Harbor
Nestled along the picturesque coastline of Long Beach, Rainbow Harbor is a maritime gem that beckons locals and visitors alike with its vibrant charm. This bustling waterfront destination boasts a kaleidoscope of activities, from leisurely strolls along the scenic promenade to exciting water adventures. The harbor is home to a colorful array of waterfront restaurants and shops, offering everything from fresh seafood to unique coastal treasures. Yachts and sailboats bob gently in the marina, creating a captivating nautical panorama against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. With the iconic Rainbow Bridge spanning the harbor, the area becomes a mesmerizing spectacle, especially during sunset when the sky is painted in hues that mirror the name of this delightful waterfront haven. Whether enjoying a leisurely afternoon or embarking on aquatic adventures, Rainbow Harbor is a dynamic coastal enclave that encapsulates the essence of Southern California’s seaside allure.
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Aquarium of the Pacific
Situated along the vibrant waterfront of Long Beach, the Aquarium of the Pacific is a marine wonderland that invites visitors to dive into an immersive exploration of the Pacific Ocean’s diverse ecosystems. This dynamic aquarium is home to over 11,000 ocean animals, representing a stunning array of species, from playful sea otters to majestic sharks. Its innovative exhibits, such as the breathtaking Pacific Visions wing, seamlessly blend entertainment and education, offering a deeper understanding of marine conservation and the interconnectedness of our planet. With interactive touch pools, captivating live shows, and underwater tunnels that bring ocean life to life, the Aquarium of the Pacific provides a captivating and educational experience for visitors of all ages. As a beacon of marine stewardship, this aquatic haven inspires a sense of wonder, fostering a connection between visitors and the awe-inspiring beauty of the world beneath the waves.
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
Nestled in the heart of Long Beach, the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) stands as a cultural beacon, celebrating the rich tapestry of artistic expression from across Latin America. Its striking architectural design and vibrant exterior murals set the stage for a captivating journey through the diverse and dynamic world of Latin American art. MOLAA’s galleries showcase a breathtaking collection of contemporary and modern works, providing a nuanced perspective on the cultural, social, and political landscapes of the region. From colorful paintings and sculptures to thought-provoking installations, each exhibit invites visitors to explore the intricate layers of Latin American creativity. With a commitment to fostering cross-cultural understanding, MOLAA not only serves as a cultural hub but also as a vibrant bridge connecting communities through the universal language of art.

Santa Monica – city prospered as a residential and vacation center; it is particularly noted for pier, which includes restaurants, shops, an aquarium and a classic carousel. Also popular are the city’s fine beaches, art galleries, and theatres.

Third Street Promenade
Nestled in the heart of Santa Monica, the Third Street Promenade is a bustling open-air pedestrian haven that weaves together a unique blend of shopping, entertainment, and a vibrant street scene. Lined with an eclectic array of shops, from high-end boutiques to trendy street performers and artisanal vendors, the promenade is a microcosm of Southern California’s diverse and dynamic culture. Street musicians serenade passersby, while talented artists showcase their skills along the promenade, creating an immersive and lively atmosphere. CafĂ©s and outdoor dining spaces offer the perfect spots to people-watch or savor a delightful meal amid the energizing buzz. With its palm-lined sidewalks, inviting storefronts, and a constant hum of activity, the Third Street Promenade is a quintessential Californian experience, inviting locals and visitors alike to stroll, shop, and soak in the vibrant coastal charm.
Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica Place, an upscale shopping destination situated just blocks away from the iconic Santa Monica Pier, is a contemporary retail oasis that seamlessly combines luxury, style, and a vibrant coastal atmosphere. Its sleek, modern architecture mirrors the ocean waves and palm trees that surround it, creating a visually stunning backdrop for a premium shopping experience. The mall boasts a curated selection of high-end boutiques, designer labels, and chic lifestyle brands, catering to the sophisticated tastes of both locals and discerning visitors. With its open-air design and panoramic views of the Pacific, Santa Monica Place offers a unique shopping environment where the allure of luxury meets the relaxed elegance of beachside living. The rooftop dining deck provides a culinary escape, allowing patrons to savor exquisite meals while enjoying the refreshing sea breeze, making Santa Monica Place a distinctive retail haven in the heart of this coastal city.

San Diego – a waterfront city on the Pacific coast known for its beaches, parks and warm climate. Enjoy its top-notch restaurants and beautiful ocean-sprayed vistas.

Balboa Park
Balboa Park, a cultural oasis in the heart of San Diego, unfolds as a sprawling urban treasure trove, blending lush gardens, ornate architecture, and a diverse array of museums and attractions. The park’s Spanish Colonial Revival and Mission Revival architecture transport visitors to another era, while the vibrant flora creates a picturesque setting for exploration. Home to numerous museums, including the renowned San Diego Museum of Art and the fascinating San Diego Air & Space Museum, Balboa Park caters to a wide range of interests, from art and history to science and technology. The Botanical Building, a majestic greenhouse, showcases exotic plants and serves as a serene retreat within the park. With open-air theaters, walking trails, and the enchanting Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park stands as a cultural haven, inviting locals and tourists alike to immerse themselves in a harmonious blend of nature and artistic expression.
Cabrillo Monument
Perched majestically atop the rugged cliffs of Point Loma in San Diego, the Cabrillo National Monument offers a breathtaking panorama of the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay. Commemorating the landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542, the monument stands as a tribute to exploration and the rich maritime history of the region. Visitors are greeted by a commanding statue of Cabrillo, while the Old Point Loma Lighthouse stands as a historic beacon, providing a glimpse into 19th-century coastal living. The tide pools at the base of the cliffs invite exploration, revealing a vibrant marine ecosystem. With hiking trails that wind through coastal sage scrub and panoramic vistas from the cliffs, the Cabrillo Monument is not only a historical landmark but also a scenic haven where nature and history converge, offering a captivating experience for those seeking both cultural and natural wonders.
USS Midway Museum
Docked proudly along the waterfront of downtown San Diego, the USS Midway Museum is an awe-inspiring tribute to naval history and American military prowess. Housed within the massive aircraft carrier USS Midway, the museum offers visitors a firsthand look at the life of sailors and pilots who served on this floating city at sea. The expansive flight deck showcases an impressive collection of aircraft, from vintage planes to modern jets, providing a tangible connection to the evolution of naval aviation. Visitors can explore the ship’s vast interior, including the flight control room, living quarters, and the engrossing below-deck exhibits that detail the carrier’s storied past. The USS Midway Museum is not just a static display; it’s an interactive journey through time, allowing guests to walk in the footsteps of the brave men and women who served aboard this iconic vessel, making it a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and those fascinated by the maritime legacy of the United States.
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Nestled along the picturesque shores of Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is a marine education and exploration hub that captures the wonders of the Southern California coast. Its engaging exhibits showcase the region’s diverse marine life, offering visitors an intimate encounter with sea creatures found in local tide pools, coastal waters, and kelp forests. The aquarium’s touch tanks provide a hands-on experience, allowing guests to connect with starfish, sea urchins, and other fascinating marine species. The Frank Gehry-designed marine life nursery offers an innovative and visually stunning space for learning and discovery. Surrounded by sandy beaches and with stunning views of the Pacific, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is not just a place to observe marine life; it’s a sanctuary that fosters a deeper understanding and appreciation for the delicate ecosystems that thrive along the Southern California coastline.
La Jolla Cove
La Jolla Cove, a gem along the San Diego coastline, enchants visitors with its breathtaking beauty and natural allure. Nestled between towering sandstone cliffs, the cove is renowned for its crystal-clear waters and abundant marine life. The small, sandy beach provides a tranquil haven for sunbathers, while the inviting waters are a haven for snorkelers and swimmers exploring the vibrant underwater world. The iconic sea caves, sculpted by centuries of ocean waves, add an adventurous touch to the scenery. Seals and sea lions often bask on the rocky outcrops, creating a lively marine spectacle. With its stunning vistas, marine biodiversity, and the rhythmic sounds of the Pacific, La Jolla Cove stands as a serene and captivating destination, inviting all who visit to immerse themselves in the beauty of California’s coastal splendor.
San Diego Zoo
Nestled within the lush confines of Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo is a world-renowned oasis that beckons both young and old into the heart of the animal kingdom. Home to over 3,500 species in meticulously recreated habitats, this sprawling zoo offers an immersive journey through diverse ecosystems. The lush and expansive enclosures, designed to mimic the natural environments of the animals, provide visitors with an up-close and personal encounter with wildlife. From the playful antics of pandas to the majestic grace of elephants, the San Diego Zoo is a living tapestry of biodiversity. Beyond its captivating exhibits, the zoo is a global leader in conservation efforts, working tirelessly to protect endangered species and educate the public about the importance of preserving our planet’s rich biological diversity. With its commitment to animal welfare, conservation, and an unparalleled collection of wildlife, the San Diego Zoo stands as a beacon of wonder and education in the heart of Southern California.
Maritime Museum of San Diego
The Maritime Museum of San Diego, located along the scenic waterfront, is a captivating destination that sails visitors through centuries of maritime history. Housed within an impressive collection of historic vessels, including the iconic Star of India, this museum provides a hands-on exploration of seafaring traditions. Visitors can climb aboard meticulously preserved ships, from tall sailing vessels to submarines, gaining insight into the maritime skills and lifestyles of sailors throughout the ages. The museum’s engaging exhibits, interactive displays, and knowledgeable guides offer a rich tapestry of nautical history, showcasing the evolution of naval technology and maritime exploration. With the sea breeze in the air and the waterfront as a backdrop, the Maritime Museum of San Diego is a maritime enthusiast’s dream, providing an immersive experience that bridges the past and present of seafaring adventures.
Sunset Cliff
Sunset Cliffs, a coastal gem in San Diego, offers a breathtaking spectacle where nature’s beauty takes center stage. Perched atop dramatic cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this iconic location earns its name as a premier spot to witness the daily symphony of colors as the sun dips below the horizon. The rugged coastline, adorned with natural sea caves and arches, adds an extra layer of allure to the panoramic views. Locals and visitors alike gather along the cliffside trails to soak in the tranquil ambiance and witness the mesmerizing play of light on the ocean waves. As the sun paints the sky in hues of orange and pink, Sunset Cliffs becomes a serene haven, inviting contemplation and providing a front-row seat to one of nature’s most captivating performances along the Southern California coastline.

Houston – a large metropolis in Texas. America’s fourth-largest city and a cosmopolitan destination with world-class dining, arts, shopping and nightlife. Go hiking or biking in Buffalo Bayou Park or sing and dance along to country music at a local “honkey-tonk” bar.

Johnson Space Center
The Johnson Space Center (JSC), nestled in Houston, Texas, stands as a beacon of human exploration and innovation, serving as NASA’s hub for human spaceflight activities. Home to the iconic Mission Control Center, where historic space missions were directed, JSC offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into the heart of America’s space program. The Space Center features a myriad of immersive exhibits, including moon rocks, spacecraft replicas, and interactive displays, providing a comprehensive journey through the history and future of space exploration. Guests can explore astronaut training facilities, marvel at real space capsules, and even meet veteran astronauts, creating an authentic and inspiring experience. With its dedication to education, research, and the spirit of exploration, the Johnson Space Center remains a captivating destination that celebrates humanity’s quest for the stars.
The Galleria
The Galleria in Houston, Texas, is a premier shopping and entertainment destination that transcends the conventional mall experience, offering a luxurious blend of retail therapy, upscale dining, and cultural indulgence. Boasting an impressive lineup of over 400 stores, including high-end fashion boutiques, designer outlets, and renowned department stores, The Galleria caters to discerning shoppers seeking the epitome of style and sophistication. Its iconic ice-skating rink, located beneath a majestic glass atrium, adds a touch of enchantment to the shopping experience. Beyond fashion, the mall features a diverse array of gourmet restaurants, creating a culinary haven for food enthusiasts. The Galleria’s commitment to a multi-faceted experience, coupled with its elegant ambiance, positions it as a dynamic and iconic destination in the heart of Houston’s thriving cultural and retail landscape.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) stands as a captivating gateway to the wonders of the natural world, offering a dynamic blend of education and exploration. Nestled within Hermann Park, this iconic museum boasts an impressive array of exhibits that span the realms of paleontology, astronomy, wildlife, and ancient civilizations. From towering dinosaur skeletons to sparkling gem and mineral collections, HMNS invites visitors to embark on a journey through time and space. The Burke Baker Planetarium and Wortham Giant Screen Theatre further elevate the immersive experience, transporting guests to the far reaches of the cosmos. With interactive displays, hands-on activities, and a commitment to scientific discovery, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is not just a museum; it’s a living testament to the marvels of our planet and the universe beyond.
Cockrell Butterfly Center
The Cockrell Butterfly Center, nestled within the Houston Museum of Natural Science, is a enchanting tropical rainforest oasis where visitors are immersed in the delicate and vibrant world of butterflies. Housed in a stunning glass conservatory, the center recreates the lush ecosystems of Central and South America, providing a habitat for thousands of free-flying butterflies. Strolling through the lush vegetation, visitors can witness the magical dance of these colorful insects, as well as encounter other exotic creatures such as tropical birds and fascinating insects. Educational displays offer insights into the life cycle of butterflies and the importance of conserving their habitats. The Cockrell Butterfly Center provides a serene escape into nature, making it a beloved destination for those seeking tranquility and a deeper connection with the natural world within the heart of Houston.
Eclectic Menagerie Park
Roll your windows down and get a look at a lawn filled with steel armadillos, metal mariachis, flying cows and more while cruising down TX-288 South at Texas Pipe and Supply Company’s Eclectic Menagerie Park. Located near TX-288 South just past W Bellfort Avenue, the Eclectic Menagerie Park features a variety of handmade metal sculptures which line the edge of the Texas Pipe and Supply Company’s 108-acre pipe yard. The collection began back in 1987 when Jerry Rubenstein, Chairman of the Board at Texas Pipe and Supply, purchased a single hippo sculpture from a statuary in El Campo, TX –and his collection has been growing ever since. The open-air museum, which is only accessible while in transit, is a folk-art fantasia with re-purposed materials made into fantastical pieces such as a rhino, giant spider, eagle, a fishing pole reeling in a pickup truck, Snoopy flying a fighter plane, King Kong scaling a skyscraper, and even a prehistoric stegosaurus.
Hermann Park
Hermann Park, located near downtown Houston, spans 445 acres and offers a diverse range of attractions. Visitors can explore the meticulously landscaped McGovern Centennial Gardens, enjoy free cultural performances at the Miller Outdoor Theatre, and play a round of golf at the public Hermann Park Golf Course. The park also houses the popular Houston Zoo, featuring a wide variety of animals. Boating on McGovern Lake, strolling through the tranquil Japanese Garden, and taking a ride on the Hermann Park Railroad provide additional recreational opportunities in this vibrant urban oasis. Overall, Hermann Park serves as a multifaceted destination, blending natural beauty, cultural experiences, and outdoor activities for locals and tourists alike.
Houston Zoo
The Houston Zoo, situated within Hermann Park, is a sprawling and renowned zoological park offering a captivating experience for visitors of all ages. Home to over 6,000 animals representing a diverse range of species, the zoo is dedicated to wildlife conservation, education, and providing an engaging environment for both guests and inhabitants. Exhibits showcase a variety of ecosystems, from the African Forest with elephants and giraffes to the Rainforest Conservancy featuring vibrant tropical wildlife. The zoo’s commitment to conservation initiatives and educational programs makes it a popular destination for families and animal enthusiasts. With its lush landscapes and immersive exhibits, the Houston Zoo continues to be a beloved institution, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the wonders of the animal kingdom.
Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park
Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park, located in the Uptown District of Houston, is a captivating urban oasis renowned for its iconic water feature. The central attraction is a towering semi-circular wall of cascading water, standing at 64 feet tall and surrounded by a lush green space. The park serves as a popular spot for locals and visitors seeking respite, offering benches, walking paths, and a tranquil environment amidst the bustling city. The mesmerizing waterfall, composed of 78,500 gallons of recycled water flowing per minute, creates a striking backdrop for events, photography, and moments of reflection. Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park stands as a testament to Houston’s commitment to blending urban design with natural beauty, providing a unique and visually stunning experience in the heart of the city.

The group will stay in different hotels and hostels throughout the journey. Students will share a room, either sleeping in a single bed or sharing a double bed. Adults will also share rooms if necessary, but will all be assigned single beds. Everyone will be assigned rooms according to their gender.

Within and through the state of California we will travel mostly by metro or bus. On occasion we may also travel by charter bus or a 12 or 15 seater van, depending on availability, feasibility, accessibility and the final number of students who participate. Schools who have included Houston in their itinerary, will also be taking a domestic flight. Within Houston the mode of transport will also mainly be metro, (charter) bus or charter van.

Prices for this trip are starting from 750 USD per student. Please be aware that this is no fixed price. The exact costs for your itinerary depend on your group’s specific needs and wishes.

Included in the price for this tour are: accommodation bookings, airport transfers, public transport and charter bus tickets, environmental and educational activities, excursions and workshops. Also included are sightseeing sites that are free of charge.

Not included in the price are: airfare tickets and baggage fees, food (delivery), visa, insurance, personal expenses such as phone charges and entry tickets to touristic highlights. Also not included are entry tickets to rides, games and other forms of entertainment or anything else not mentioned in the paragraph above or that is outside of the schedule and itinerary.

Please mind: we are able to book the domestic airfare (within USA) on your request. This, however, has to be paid separately from the tour fee and will be shown as reimbursement for tickets in the quotation and invoice.

After your school has received and agreed to our quotation, GreenContributor requires an advance payment of at least 300 USD per student to confirm your school’s participation. This payment is non-refundable but if your school chooses to participate in any other future Greencontributor tours, 150 USD can be deducted from the next advance payment (for the same amount of students that would participate initially) . The payment deadline for our next trip is May 20th, 2024.