At the beginning of each year, all NPA students travel to Ashland to spend two nights together. During the trip students attend three plays, participate in seminar discussions of topics drawn from the plays, and write reflective journals about their experiences. Students prepare for the trip by reading plays that they will see and studying historical events and contexts relevant to the productions.
The trip allows students of all grade levels to interact with one another and provides new students with an opportunity to get to know their peers outside of the classroom. On the return journey, students take a field trip to study the ecology of the Illinois Valley in Southern Oregon.