Desert Orientation 2017
Organ Pipe National Monument
March 23rd- April 1st

Come Experience the true desert. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument - Hiking Trails, 640 plant species, 100’s of migrating birds, endangered desert animals, Saguaro and the only area in the United States where the large Organ Pipe Cactus grow. This will be the place to call home for this venture. During our time together we will stay at the Gilbert Ray Campground in Tucson, AZ, visit the Sonoran Desert Museum, and Old Tucson. After we are orientated to the desert life we will pull up camp and travel further south to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, which is located right on the border of Mexico and the United States!

We will be camping in the Group Campsite. This will be our second year to visit the park and the National Parks Service and the Border Patrol are excited to have us return to help with projects. Our days will be filled with service projects, exploring the area, and learning and playing while we develop a deep appreciation of Sonoran Country.

Passport forms can be obtained at your local Post Office. Below is the Government website for Passports. Or from:
Please be aware this is a physically strenuous trip. To truly enjoy this venture one need to be in shape.
If you would like a training program to help you get ready for the trip contact Jay Zarr

The Current/tentative Schedule is:

March 23rd:
Leave early morning for Gallup, New Mexico. We will be staying in a hotel for the evening.
March 24th:
Travel to Tuscon, Arizona where we will be camping for the next two nights.
March 25th:
Sonoran Desert Museum and Old Tucson visits.
March 26th:
Pack up camp - Travel to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and set up camp in the Group site for the 5 days. During the afternoon we will meet the National Park Service personnel and get ready for our stay.
March 27th-28th:
Our days will be spent performing service projects, hiking, and engaging in experiential learning activities. The evenings will include presentations by the Park Service and include our “Bead” Ceremony.
March 29th:
For those who have a passport it is our intention to travel into Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) Mexico to visit the Center of Desert and Studies, the Cet Mar aquarium, and the old town sea port. If you do not have a passport, there will be a trip to Ajo to visit the plaza, the Copper Mine and City Museum, the Border Patrol Headquarters and Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.
March 30th:
Last full day at OPNM.
March 31st:
Pack up EARLY to travel to Gallup, New Mexico, closing ceremony.
April 1st:
Leave from the Hotel EARLY!!!! for our drive back home.
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Canyon Orientation
April 23rd-29th 2017
Fee $100 or 10 Hours of
Non Profit Community Service

Come Explore the Needle District of Canyonland National Park in Utah. This is a new area for Goal Ventures and is the most physically demanding trip in this year’s schedule. Your day will be filled exploring the wonders of the Trails and Canyons of the Needle District, hiking up to 5-7 miles a day while in the area. We will end the week rafting the Canyons of the Colorado River by Moab Utah.

Each day will be a new venture, bringing a different type of challenge and educational opportunities for you and your friends. Be prepared to spend the entire day out away from camp and the evenings reflecting upon what we discovered during the day. There are only 24 students slots open for this trip. Sign ups must be turned in by 5 pm by April 7th. You will be notified on April 11th. Please be aware that you will be required to participate in all the activities and the educational component of this trip.

Please be aware that this is a 100% Tobacco and Vapor Free on this trip. Understand that if you choose to smoke, you may be sent home and will not be allowed to attend any other GOAL Ventures this year.

The Current/tentative Schedule and may change once we discover more opportunities in the area.

April 23rd:
Leave Early Sunday and travel to Moab UT. where we will camp for 4 nights.
April 24th-27th
We will spend exploring the Canyon Country of the Needle District. THE CURRENT PLAN IS TO DO THREE 5-7 MILES HIKE. (there are no showers in this campground)
April 27th:
Pack up and Move to a Campsite close to Moab to be ready for the Raft Trip
April 28th:
Raft trip on the Colorado River
April 29th:
Leave for home

May 22nd - May 26th

The southeastern face of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota’s Black Hills National Forest is the site of four gigantic carved sculptures depicting the faces of U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Led by the sculptor Gutzon Borglum, work on the project began in 1927 and was finally completed in 1941. This will be just one of the amazing places will we visit during our stay in the Rapid City area. Other places may include Jewel Cave National Monument, Crazy Horse Memorial, Black Hills gold Factory tour and the Museum of Geology to name just a few of the many opportunities.

During our visit will be staying at Storm Mountain Center in the Utah, Montana and Tupper inns. The first morning at the center we will do some community building, the Challenge “rope” Course, hike some of their trails and get ready for the rest of our stay of the area.

The requirement for this ventures is arriving with an open mind, excited to learn, be ready for long active days and be willing to participate in all the offerings. There is a 50 dollar fee or 5 hours of non-profit community service to be completed and you must be current in your work.

We will be staying at the Storm Mountain Center
Storm Mountain Center
23740 Storm MOuntain Drive, Rapid City SD
There is a limited number of slots for this ventures and you will be notified if you are on the trip on Monday May 16th.

The Current/tentative Schedule is:

May 22nd:
Leave early in the morning for our trip to Rapid City Area.
The home will be the Utah, Montana and Tupper Inn for the next 4 nights. Upon arrival, we will check in, and have dinner. After dinner we will meet in the Allison Hall meeting room, where we will spend the evening setting expectations, discussing “Expedition Behavior, some community building and the bead ceremony.
May 23rd:
Community Building day and Mt Rushmore. The morning will be spent being involved with team building, creating community on site and we will leave for Mt.Rushmore after lunch. The afternoon will be exploring, discovering and experiencing one of America's Great National Memorial. After dinner we will meet for some reflections, Spoken word, lessons ending as we will every night with the bead ceremony.
May 24th:
Wildlife and Native American Discovery Day; We will leave Storm Mountain after breakfast to places such as Custer State Park wildlife loop, Bear country USA and the Crazy Horse Memorial. After dinner we will meet for some reflections, Spoken word, lessons ending as we will every night with the bead ceremony.
May 25th:
Once again we will leave Storm Mountain after breakfast to take in some attractions of the area which will include Independence Hall, spelunking, visiting the Halls of Presidents in Rapid City to name just a few of the possibilities. This evening after dinner we will return to Mt Rushmore to experience the evening presentation, ending the time with the special bead ceremony either at the memorial or back at Storm Mountain.
May 26th:
Leave after breakfast for our drive home.

Raptor RESOLUTION Run/Walk Sign Up Here

Join us for the newest GOAL Ventures:
The Raptor Resolution Run/Walk, December 31st at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo.

This is a great way to jump start your new year, join us and many others on the 6th annual Raptor Resolution Run. The run is 5 miles and the walk is 2-1/2 miles. It starts at 10 am and ends with lunch being provided for participants. The cost of this event for GOAL STUDENTS AND STAFF IS 10 DOLLARS IF YOU SIGN UP BY DECEMBER 21ST.

On December 30th, there will be a presentation by an Olympic coach and 3 runners from Kenya. Credit will be awarded to those who participate in this and some other training activities during the month of December.

For those students and staff who are coming from out of town, lodging, dinner and breakfast will be provided at the Goal Nature Center site, which originally was the Honor Farm Warden house. So join Jay and your friends ending the old year on a positive note, and starting the new year with the “GOAL” of making 2017 the healthiest year of your life.

Say Goodbye to 2016 and Hello to 2017 Raptor Resolution Run. Saturday DECEMBER 31, 2016 5 Mile Run or 2.5 Mile Walk Registration starts at 8:30 am Walk/Run Starts at 10 am at The Nature & Raptor Center Pueblo

All entrants will receive a race shirt, warm refreshments before the race, lunch after the race, and will be eligible for door prize drawings. Registration link below. Phone 719-549-2414 or visit center at for more information

5 Mile Run and 2.5 Mile Fun Walk Saturday, December 31st, 2016 - 8:30 am Registration, (if you have not already register) Race Starts at 10 am

Race starts at the Nature Center Yurt 5200 Nature Center Road Pueblo, CO 81003 Where: The Raptor Resolution Run (R3 for short) starts and finishes at the Nature Center Yurt (round looking structure) at the Pueblo Nature & Raptor Center. Take Pueblo Blvd south from Hwy 50 and turn west (toward the mountains) at 11th street and go down the hill to the parking lot.

Course: The race starts and finishes on the trail near the Yurt. Water Stops: There will be a water station at the halfway mark of the run and at the end of the race.

Entry Fee If received by 11 am Dec 23, GOAL STAFF AND STUDENTS FEE IS $10 $45 if after 11 a.m. on December 23rd to 30th and $50 on race day. Checks payable to the Nature & Raptor Center Packet Pick-Up: Bib numbers and packets may be picked up Friday, Dec 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nature Center Office. Perks: All entrants will receive an R3 race T-shirt and resolution cards plus warm refreshments. After the race, join us for a free lunch courtesy of Goal Ventures. ($5 without bib)

Awards Door Prizes: All registered entrants will be eligible for various door prizes. Walkers: One male and one female, picked at random, will each receive a $100 NRCP gift certificate.

Runners: Awards to the top two in each age group as follows: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & up. A raptor release will go to overall male and female winners (not eligible for age group awards & some restrictions apply.) The top person in each age group will receive a $100 NRCP gift certificate.

Registration: For Goal's participants need to fill out the enclosed Form. More Information: For race information call the Nature & Raptor Center at 549-2414 or see

Information will become available shortly

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Winter Park
Moab Arches
Organ Pipe
  1. Oct. 17th-20th:Winter Park, CO
  2. Nov. 21st-26th: Moab, UT
  3. Dec. 31st: Nature and Raptor Center, Pueblo, CO
  4. Jan. 30th-Feb. 4th: Leadville, CO
  5. Mar. 23rd-Apr. 1st: Organ Pipe Cactus Nat'l Monument, Ajo, AZ
  6. Apr. 23rd-29th: Green River & Goblin Valley, UT
  7. May 22nd-26th: Mt. Rushmore, Keystone, SD
  8. New This Year - Regional Trips
  1. Experiential Learning
  2. Outdoor Skills
  3. Networking
  4. Earn HS Credits