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Pioneer Travel Program: Exploration and Discovery

The Pioneer Travel Program offers alumni, parents, and friends of the college opportunities for lifelong learning. Our trips are led by Lewis & Clark faculty and staff with expertise in the region of travel or theme of study. We encourage you to explore the trip options below.

*Note regarding COVID-19: Lewis & Clark is actively monitoring the situation surrounding the novel coronavirus. We continue to gather information from the U.S. State Department, Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control, and other reputable organizations. If we determine, based on the information we have available to us, that we need to alter or postpone a Pioneer Travel trip, we will communicate immediately to all registered trip participants. If you have questions about a specific trip, please call Andrew McPheeters at 503-768-7936. Follow L&C’s institutional response here.

What Our Travelers Have to Say

Our trips seek to build greater connections among the Lewis & Clark community. We look forward to providing travel experiences that are enriching and engaging.

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  • “So much fun connecting with other LC alumni from other generations. My first real alumni event…glad I went!”

    – Jauna Williams ’03
  • “As a veteran of two L&C trips, I know they are really well done and a perfect combination of fun and learning.”

    – Lee Zellweger P’20
  • “It was extraordinary and life-changing.”

    – Frank and Jeannie ’78 Verderame
  • “Both of my trips have been wonderful experiences. The cultural focus and the presence of excellent faculty members greatly enriched the tours.”

    – Tom Barrett ’74
  • “This was my second Pioneer Travel trip and not my last I hope. Having an L&C professor on board is exceptional.”

    – Georgeanna Freeman ’88
  • “Everything was top notch. We thought the idea of group travel with a group connected by the common thread of Lewis & Clark worked very well and we would definitely go on another L&C trip.” 

    – Katie and Gary ’85 Korotzer
  • Would I recommend Pioneer Travel to others? “Absolutely! The coordination, sights, events, lodging, food, and transportation were outstanding.”

    – Judy Mueller ’78
  • “The whole trip was like a high adventure dream! I kept reminding myself we really were having these extremely unique experiences, surrounded by people who care so much for Tanzania and for us too!”

    – Tammy Walker, L&C Friend
  • “Seeing the animals in their natural environment were spectacular! Equally impressive was the collection of experiences illustrating how people are working to support each other - a window into Tanzania’s social/cultural/land use environment today was very impressive!”

    – Anne Price ’72
  • “I gave the trip an A+. I rarely do group tours but this one was well planned, and I definitely got more out of it with the geology education and planned activities than I would have on a self-guided tour.” 

    – Mollie Carter, P’20
  • “It was such a nice way to travel. Adding the cultural, historical and biological aspects just added to an amazing trip.”

    – Scott Moody P’22
  • “Educational, intimate, focused, well run. One of the best group trips I’ve taken and I’ve done at least 20.” 

    – Iris Karow ’62
  • “The trip was well thought out, the educational components were fabulous, and the logistical pieces appeared to come together seamlessly. I could not have planned such a great experience on my own!”

    – Alene Jacobs, MA ’00

Check out photos from past Pioneer Travel trips!

To recommend a destination or theme for the future, or to receive information on upcoming trips, please fill out this form. If you have any questions about current trips, please call or email me at  mcpheete@lclark.edu or call (503) 768-7936.

We hope you will travel with us!

Best wishes,



Andrew McPheeters
Associate Vice President of Alumni, Parent and Student Engagement

Looking Back: Archive of Past Pioneer Travel Trips