Pacific MOVE

  • Mountain stewardship projects include the removal of invasive plant species, train maintenance, habitat restoration and water quality testing in the beautiful Sierra Nevada and Coastal Mountains.
  • Ocean stewardship projects include beach beautification, invasive plant removal, trail maintenance, and the restoration of historic military posts along the Pacific Coast of Northern California.
  • Valley stewardship projects include habitat restoration, beautification of local parks and recreation facilities, trail maintenance, and various projects benefiting organizations in the Central Valley.

MOVE Trip Updates: Please click here to read about changes to the following trips.
    • Habitat for Humanity
    • Valley Stewardship
    • Bear River Reservoir


What is MOVE?

The Mountains, Ocean, Valley Experience (MOVE) is a unique first year experience designed to welcome new students to the Pacific Community 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 of the Pacific. The Program utilizes a collaboratively designed curriculum that incorporates the concepts of social and emotional competence, responsible leadership, and environmental sustainability to introduce students to the values of Pacific.

The Program is delivered by faculty, staff, and student leaders who partner together to provide first year students with a supportive and challenging environment and who work alongside the students in the completion of a meaningful community service project. The MOVE Program is a great way to meet fellow students, faculty and staff, and provides every student with the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of California.

MOVE Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for the MOVE Program were developed to reflect Pacific's university-wide objectives and outcomes. As a result of their participation in the MOVE program, new students will:

  • Meet and identify with a small group new Pacific students, faculty or staff members.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Pacific's definition of responsible leadership.
  • Demonstrate a conceptual awareness of the three dimensions of sustainability (e.g. economic, environmental, and social).
  • Be able to identify who John Muir is and how he is connected to Pacific.
  • Develop a personal connection to each other and the Northern California region through participation in a series of common activities and environmental/community service projects.
  • Identify at least one way in which they can personally contribute to sustainability in the Pacific and Stockton communities.
  • Have fun!

It is a good thing, therefore, to make short excursions now and then to the bottom of the sea among dulse and coral, or up among the clouds on mountain-tops, or in balloons, or even to creep like worms into dark holes and caverns underground, not only to learn something of what is going on in those out-of-the-way places, but to see better what the sun sees on our return to common everyday beauty.

DON’T DELAY: Confirm your attendance at Pacific today through the admitted student portal and register for your preferred MOVE location because space is limited for each site.

Important Dates

Thu, Aug 22 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Welcome Gathering on DeRosa UC Lawn

Fri, Aug 23 - Sat, Aug 24
Travel to MOVE locations for exploration, fun, and stewardship


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Beginning In 2009, REELL Community students launched the 'Tap That' program at Pacific in an attempt to reduce the consumption of plastic water bottles. In support of their efforts, every MOVE participant will receive a reusable stainless steel water bottle provided by ASuop and the Pacific Alumni Association!

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