Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education, in 3rd through 8th grades, occurs every other year and provides our students with opportunities to experience the natural world. These journey-based excursions aim not only to explore and appreciate the outside world, but also to develop self-reliance, independence, leadership, teamwork, trust and spirituality. Fun and memorable, these trips are important in strengthening students’ relationships, both among one another and with their teachers. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of adventurous challenges!

El Camino Pines Grades 3 – 6
El Camino Pines Outdoor Camp is a three-day program that emphasizes environmental education and community-building experiences. Situated in a forest of pine and oak trees as part of the Los Padres National Forest, El Camino Pines is close enough to Southern California for a day trip, but far enough away to feel like a different world. Students sleep in cabins with a community dining hall and chapel located nearby. Teachers accompany the classes and a limited number of parents also attend to help supervise. Some courses include Chumash Native American Study, Fire Ecology, Pollution Studies and Weather Lab. Outdoor activities may include hiking, astronomy, wilderness survival, campfire cooking and camp games.

Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) Grades 7 – 8
Students take the ferry to Catalina for a program at the Catalina Island Marine Institute. CIMI at Toyon Bay provides a unique, exciting program that focuses on hands-on experiential science. Located on a private cove and pier, CIMI provides visiting students with comfortable dorm rooms and a common dining hall. Courses taught allow students to experience first-hand the diverse flora and fauna found in Southern California’s Oceans. CIMI instructors strive to create excitement about science with the help of state-of-the-art labs and equipment. Lab and field activities include: snorkeling, kayaking, astronomy hike, sea life, island ecology and evening campfires!