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Three MOVE trips to be changed due to air quality concerns

Aug 22, 2013

Because of health threats posed by heavy smoke from several wildfires in the Sierra Nevada, University of the Pacific is changing plans for three of its 11 overnight MOVE trips for incoming freshmen scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

The 250 students affected by the change were notified by email Thursday morning. These students should still attend this afternoon's MOVE registration as planned.

The trips to be changed are:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Valley Stewardship
  • Bear River Reservoir

The Friday service projects will be the same for the Habitat for Humanity and Valley Stewardship trips. The Bear River Reservoir project will be changed: Instead of invasive plant removal and trail restoration in the El Dorado National Forest, students who registered for this trip will participate in an urban cleanup project coordinated by the city of Stockton with several nonprofit organizations that serve San Joaquin County.

On Saturday, students will participate in day trips. Information about these will be emailed to students as soon as the details are confirmed. New plans will also be posted on the MOVE website, http://www.pacificmove.org/.

Questions about the new arrangements can be emailed to move@pacific.edu.

"Our students' health and welfare must come first. Because the air quality in parts of the foothills and valley is expected to be questionable through the weekend, we are planning alternate trips," said Patrick Day, vice president for Student Life. "We are committed to ensuring that the affected students have a great and meaningful experience."

The curriculum framework for the affected trips will stay the same. That curriculum incorporates the concepts of social and emotional competence, responsible leadership, and environmental sustainability to introduce students to the values of Pacific.

The Mountains, Ocean, Valley Experience (MOVE) is a tradition at Pacific, designed to welcome new students to the campus through participation in experiential learning and service projects in key locations throughout Northern California. MOVE occurs the weekend prior to the start of the fall semester.

During MOVE, all first-year students embark on a structured and deliberate adventure designed to prepare them to be successful at the University. The program is delivered by faculty, staff, and student leaders.

Following is a full list of MOVE trips and their status:


  • Yosemite National Park, Sierra Nevada: No change
  • Redwood Glen, Coastal Mountains: No change
  • Bear River Reservoir, Sierra Nevada: Overnight cancelled; service project moved to Stockton
  • Mount Gilead, Coastal Redwood Forests: No change


  • Marin Headlands, Pacific Coast: No change
  • Point Bonita, Golden Gate Recreation Area: No change
  • Camp Harmon, Pacific Coast: No change


  • American River, Coloma Valley: Monitoring
  • Habitat for Humanity, San Joaquin Valley: Overnight cancelled; service project unchanged
  • Valley Stewardship, Central Valley: Overnight cancelled; service project unchanged
  • Service in the San Joaquin, San Joaquin Valley: No change

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