Off Campus PE Credit

About Us

Our Philosophy

Our goal is to broaden the horizons of our students and participants in the context of their learning environment with hands-on education. The Expedition School utilizes nature as its classroom. This classroom – the ocean, desert, mountains, glaciers, and rainforests –challenges and inspires individuals of all ages.We build communities rather than clientele. Whenever possible, we involve participants in every aspect of the trip from packing provisions to interacting with local communities in a sustainable way. Individuals come away from the Expedition School with new or renewed self-confidence, strengthened leadership, new perspectives, practical skills, knowledge, extraordinary memories, and a steward of the environment.

Sustainability and the Environment

The Expedition School is committed to environment. Leave No Trace principles are taught and practiced in every program. We support locally owned and operated businesses. We are proud partners with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center,; strong advocates of Food and Trees for Africa (we utilize their CO2 calculator to calculate our carbon footprint on every expedition-; Authorized Providers and volunteers for the American Red Cross and, are active members of the international nonprofit organization, The Surfrider Foundation,


Whether surfing, hiking, fossil digging, or filming wildlife, safety is always a top concern at The Expedition School. All participants are taught general safety skills and how to avoid or deal with specific risks. The School has a volunteer board of medical practitioners and physicians who review and approve all staff medical certifications, medical kits, and emergency medical protocols in each expedition location. All guides possess current certifications in CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Automated External Defibrillators, and First Aid Training.  All lead guides have at minimum a Wilderness First Responder certification, access to the most effective form of communication in the area; and, complete geographical knowledge of the area exploring.

Press Room

Austin American Statesman: Fit City
LeBlanc, Pam. “Surfers Up on Lady Bird Lake”. The Austin American Statesman. 20 October 2008: E1, E3.

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Austin Chronicle Green Issue
Messer, Kate. “Guiding With Porpoise”. The Austin Chronicle. 25 May 2007: Vol 26 No. 38.

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Austin American Statesman – Fit City

LeBlanc, Pam. “Expedition School Founder Stays Fit Through Travel”. The Austin American Statesman. 12 May 2008: E1, E3.

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NBC. KXAN. News Austin.
Lee, Mary. Interview. The Expedition School. NBC. KXAN, Austin. 31 January 2010

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The Houston Chronicle: Travel Texas
Finan, Kristin. “Eight New Things in Austin”. The Houston Chronicle. 16 September, 2009

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Texas Highways
Gaskill, Melissa. “Waveriders: Essentials”
Waveriders: Ocean Motion on Texas’ Coast

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Kimery Duda, Founder and Executive Director of the Expedition School, has a passion for all things outdoors. Near the top of the list is surfing, a sport which she is eager to share with everyone, from complete novices to fellow aficionados. In this month’s issue of Texas Highways travel magazine, Kimery shares her knowledge of both surfing in general and the Texas beaches she frequents.

Texas Surf Museum
Schlegel, Erich. Kimery Duda. Inland Texas Surfers Portrait Project: Photography Exhibit.
Texas. 17 November 2007.

Dir. Laura Garcia. University of Texas at Austin Film. 2008.

Contact Us

The Expedition School
P.O. Box 5502
Austin, Texas 78763

Voice: 001.512.626.6282
Fax: 001.800.371.0373
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