Outdoor Education

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San Joaquin County’s Outdoor Education is one of the oldest, largest, and most successful of its kind in California. Its mission is to encourage children to experience a rich, science-based environment, as well as learn to appreciate the bounty and diversity of the earth by taking a responsible role in protecting natural resources. This exciting educational program for fifth- and sixth-graders is often long remembered as the highlight of a student’s elementary years.

Outdoor Education provides an exciting avenue for kids to explore nature outside of the classroom, and bring concepts they are learning about to life in a brand new way. All activities and curriculum align with the Common Core State Standards and the program is fully certified by the California Outdoor School Administrators Association.

Outdoor Education is located in the coastal redwood forest only 12 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, and its unique setting provides a spectacular arena for studying and exploring diverse ecosystems and habitats, such as redwood forest, tide pools, and sand dunes of the Central California Coast.

San Joaquin County Outdoor Education Program is a five-day, four night experience for fifth- and sixth-grade students from the County’s public, private, and parochial schools. During the course of a school year, it accommodates more than 4,000 campers and 700 visiting teachers and high school cabin leaders.

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