Holocaust Tour

The Holocaust Study Tour brings students from three high schools [New Jersey, Kansas, California] to Europe for two weeks to intensively study the Holocaust. Students study the historical antisemitism in Europe, the Nazi rise to power, actions and inactions of bystanders and collaborators, resistance on the part of Jews and the Final Solution. Students confront a very dark period in history, examining decisions people made and reflecting upon their own decision-making methods.  Students make lasting friendships with students from other schools, sharing in a once in a lifetime educational experience.


Washington D.C. Tour

O’Dowd students participating in this program take a week-long trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Close Up Foundation government studies program. The Close Up Foundation is the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit, civic education organization, providing firsthand opportunities to learn about the democratic process and the role of the individual. This program offers students an opportunity to be immersed in the nation’s capital and Washington politics for one week, hearing a variety of viewpoints from both program speakers and other high school students from around the United States.


World Languages Immersion Trips

On alternating years, world language students have the opportunity to study language through exploration, immersion, and participation. They experience a different culture and country first hand, which broadens their outlook while engaging them intellectually, physically, and emotionally in the learning process. The language immersion trips offer our students an opportunity to gain valuable life skills through independent and guided exploration and opens acceptance to other cultures and ways of life. Destinations include Spain, Peru, and Quebec.


Montana Science Trip

A small group of students (thirteen each year) visit the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem each summer, living and working within the ecosystem for nine days. They experience and learn about crucial interactions between species in this ecosystem and how human interventions have affected this ecosystem in both positive and negative ways. Working directly with local agencies, such as the National Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife, students work on conservation and wildlife restoration projects, collect data related to current field research, and develop and present a field-based research project related to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Belize Science Trip

A small group of student (14) travels for nine days to Belize to conduct research in two different sites: Turneffe Cay and the rainforest. Research is done in conjunction with the Oceanic Society. The students collect data on reef biodiversity and collect tissue samples of invasive species for DNA analysis. In the rainforest, students study the ecological diversity and  Mayan culture.


Costa Rica Science Trip

Each spring a small group of students (18) visits the Pacuare Reserve on the Caribbean coast and local rain forest in Costa Rica to learn field research techniques and to actively participate in the current scientific research occurring at each location. At the Pacuare Reserve, students work directly with the research staff as they study the critically endangered leatherback turtles that come to the beach to nest during the nesting season. Research in the rain forest varies by the year but generally, some form of service work also occurs here in terms of reforestation or eradication of invasive species.


Galapagos Science Trip

14 students along with two teachers visit the Galápagos Islands each year for 12 days. The students work on a variety of research projects with the local scientists and projects from the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerta Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz.  Students and teachers learn about the unique ecosystems of the Galápagos and the impact of invasive species as well as tourism.