California: where cutting edge industry and tourism meet extremes of the natural world and the city spills onto the ocean. California has so much to offer as an educational adventure destination. Experience the fast-paced buzz of Silicon Valley and tour through Apple and Google's facilities. Skateboard from Santa Monica to Venice Beach. Have some friendly competition on Muscle Beach, before heading into Culver City - home of Sony Picture Studio and the birthplace of blockbuster films. Once you're tired of the city-scapes, head north on the Pacific Coast highway. Catch a roller coaster ride in Santa Cruz, before making a stop in Monteray Bay. Here you can explore the state-of-the-art Monteray Bay Aquarium and, if you're lucky, hop on a research vessel to shadow scientists as they carry out their work. Head further still and catch a glimpse of the once-near-extinct California Condor. Along the highway you may find hoards of sun-bathing elephant seals, with young bulls sparing in the surf, preparing for the mating season. End your journey in the company of giants in Redwood National and State Parks. Resource extraction and management activities (freshwater, fossil fuel and fisheries), combined with its technology industry and soaring population, make the west coast a great place to discuss resource management, city development and infrastructure, with respect to environmental protection and conservation. All of this, while experiencing the best of what the coast has to offer.