outdoor programs

Our goal is not only to provide students with the most exciting learning adventure possible, but also to provide teachers and faculty with a stress free and enjoyable experience.

When you bring your students to the Outdoor Classroom, we have everything prepared. Let us take care of all logistics, lodging, curriculum, gear, and meals, so that you can focus on simply spending quality time with your students and fellow teachers.

California Outdoor Education Programs

One Day Programs

Santa Barbara Coastal Ecology Excursion

The Gaviota Coast is the healthiest coastal ecosystem in Southern California. Just North of Santa Barbara, this undeveloped area has a diverse marine ecosystem and has been considered for National Sea Shore Status. Activities may include coastal kayaking and hiking.

California's Natural and Human History

California has a rich and meaningful history. Students are given an intimate look at the life and culture of Native Americans, missionaries, and early settlers. In addition to human history, California has a fascinating natural past. Learn about the geology and terrain of California. What is a transverse mountain range and how has it affected the development of this region? This trip can also include a visit to the Natural History Museum and/or the Botanical Gardens.

Team Building and High Ropes Program

Our high and low ropes course activities are fun and challenging ways to build leadership and teamwork. Through various individual and group challenges, students will build confidence in themselves and others and learn skills that will translate well into many life experiences.

Santa Barbara Marine Biology Excursion

Students will explore the marine life along California's Coast, focusing on mammals and other marine life in the Santa Barbara Harbor. Students will kayak through kelp beds and learn about one. Students are given close encounters with dolphins, seals, sea stars and other marine life. This trip can also include a visit to the Santa Barbara's Ty Warner Sea Center.

Channel Islands National Park Day Trip

The Channel Islands National Park offers an incredible, undeveloped, natural environment for your students to learn and explore. As the only company permitted for both educational programs and Scorpion Bay kayaking, you truly get a unique experience! Kayak into beautiful sea caves and snorkel in the crystal clear waters known for diverse marine life. Students learn about the marine life, sea caves, and natural history of the Channel Islands. Activities can include sea cave kayaking, whale watching, hiking, camping, and tide pooling.

“It was an awesome experience that allowed us to explore and enjoy nature while having fun.”
– Janice

Two to Five Day Programs

Channel Islands National Park Exploration

This two to four day excursion is based at Scorpion Landing on Santa Cruz National Park, and focuses on the tremendous natural and cultural history, amazing geology, endemic species of animal and plant life, endangered species, and marine ecology of the Islands. Students focus on actively experiencing and documenting the diverse ecosystems of the Channel Islands National Park through a variety of activities.

Lesson plans and activities to be considered are the following: marine ecology of the intertidal zone and kelp forest, natural history hikes and species documentation, geology of the Channel Islands, endemic species, snorkeling with marine ecology focus, guided sea kayaking and camping.

The group will also be introduced to endemic plants and animals, endangered species of the islands. The emphasis of the program will be on having fun in the outdoor setting while fulfilling educational curriculum requirements in an amazing island location.

California Coastline Adventure on the Gaviota Coast

This two to five day multi-sport learning adventure takes place at the rustic and secluded Ocean Mesa campground or the one of a kind El Capitan Canyon. Students will focus on bonding, working together as a team, and getting comfortable in the outdoors, all while learning about their natural environment through hands-on experiential learning. Team building elements can be incorporated into all activities. Students will participate in fully guided natural history hikes, a high ropes challenge course, teambuilding activities, and will kayak along the coastal bluffs. The focus of the program will be on having fun while learning skills to enjoy all of these safe and challenging activities, both individually and as a group.

Hiking and Rafting Adventure on the American River

This incredible program, based at a scenic river camp along the South Fork of the American River showcases the historically and ecologically rich foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The 12-acre, riverside camp is an ideal setting for a dynamic approach to outdoor education. Santa Barbara Adventure Company is combining their solid outdoor program with a well-established river outfitter to form the perfect adventure.

The South Fork of the American one of the most popular rivers in the United States, rafted by thousands every year. It's a river all ages can enjoy and yet it is exciting enough that people come back year after year. Mother Lode Rafting has 30 years experience running this river. Their guides, equipment and safety record are among the best on the river.

This trip allows students to spend an extended period outdoors, allowing them to learn about the environment, themselves, and their classmates, all while working with others to accomplish team challenges such as navigating a raft through Class III whitewater rapids. Countless educational moments are seamlessly integrated into an exciting adventure that students will remember for years to come.

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