At GOALS, we are frequently reminded that there exists a large population of "older kids" craving the chance to go spend a few days on the river and a few nights under the stars.  We're listening, and for the first time we're offering a very limited number of adult river expeditions in 2017.  There are two objectives of these expeditions - to provide adults who are interested with an opportunity to experience the growth the comes from a GOALS program, and to raise money that will be used to support kids in our more traditional youth programs who are unable to afford the full cost.



We are excited to announce a 3-day Westwater Canyon expedition for adults from August 6 - 8, 2017 centered around an outdoor "canvas and cocktails" guided artwork/creativity theme.  This expedition will meet in Fruita, Colorado on Saturday evening, August 5th.  Those who can make it over for dinner will get to know one another over pizza at the Hot Tomato, then camp at Highline State Park before launching onto the Colorado River on the morning of Sunday, August 6th. 

Over the next three days, we'll leave the worries, hustle and bustle of our overly scheduled lives behind and tune in to "river time" - a more sane pace of life where there are three main times of day - sunrise, lunch, and the evening campfire.  Along the way, we'll enjoy the scenic beauty and relaxed, slow pace of Ruby and Horsethief Canyons for the first half of our expedition before entering the tall sandstone walls and technical rapids of Westwater Canyon - named recently by National Geographic as the best short whitewater expedition in North America.


In addition to the professional guides that provide comfort and safety on every GOALS expedition, this program will feature art instruction and guidance from the talented and passionate Michelle Allain - art teacher at Evergreen Country Day School in Evergreen, Colorado. 

Michelle hails from southeastern Massachusetts and lived in Boston for about 10 years where she earned her degrees in Sculpture and Studio Teaching. She moved to Colorado for the same reasons everyone is moving to Colorado - hiking, camping, skiing, sunshine, and a gorgeous landscape. She’s been teaching art from Kindergarten through eighth grade for 8 years, and has taught adults in continuing education printmaking courses. Her artistic loves are printmaking, painting, drawing, and ceramics. She can’t imagine anything better than combining art, the outdoors, and adventure - and can’t wait to share these experiences with others.

Michelle will lead two artistic sessions - one each afternoon/evening in the canyon, and everyone who is interested in letting their creative juices flow while creating an artistic memoir of their trip is welcome, but certainly not required, to join her.  Michelle's teaching style is encouraging - and no one is expected to arrive at this expedition as any more of an accomplished artist than they'd be if invited to the increasingly popular "cocktails-and-canvas" themed party by a friend or co-worker.  All necessary art materials will be provided.   


The minimum investment to participate in this expedition is $880.  Just as will the be the case with every GOALS adult expedition offered, a portion of your cost will go directly to a fund that is used to provide financial assistance for children and families who are unable to cover the cost of their youth expedition.  For this expedition, that minimum portion is $100.  Participants interested in contributing more may do so, and can consider any additional contribution a donation that is thereby tax-deductible.   

Applications are being accepted now - this expedition is limited to the first 15 applicants whose responses prove to be a good fit with the objectives of this program.  If you'd like to be considered, please don't wait!