California Outdoor Education Activities
outdoor activites santa barbara

Santa Barbara Adventure Company has the resources, gear, and guides to offer your students a wide variety of activities!

All of our activities can be combined with academic curriculum, such as geology, biology, ecology, and history. Our trips seamlessly integrate curriculum into our adventures, which allow students to stay attentive, excited, and engaged at all times.

Some of our most popular options are described below.

California Outdoor Education Programs

Channel Islands Kayaking/Hiking

The Channel Islands National Park offers an incredible, undeveloped, natural environment for your trip. As the only company licensed for both educational programs and kayaking, you truly get a unique experience! Kayak into beautiful sea caves and snorkel in the crystal clear waters known for incredible marine life.

Coastal Kayaking

Santa Barbara has many wonderful places to kayak. The Gaviota Coast is the healthiest coastal eco-system in Southern California. Located on rural and undeveloped coastline, this is a beautiful area rich with marine life. This activity will give the students the opportunity to learn first hand about kelp beds, the coastline and the marine environment. We often see dolphins, sea lions and other marine life while on the water.

High and Low Ropes Course

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.

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


Students will enjoy biking through scenic areas. From biking along coastal bluffs, riding into historical sites, or downhill biking through the mountains, our bike trips can take students on multiple routes depending on their skill levels, interests, and location. Biking allows for a great physical challenge with countless opportunities for curriculum.

Rock Climbing

Students will reach new heights as they push themselves to climb up a challenging rock face. Routes will be set at various heights and skill levels so that everyone is challenged and successful.


Hiking is a great way for students to explore their natural environment. Santa Barbara has multiple vegetative communities and diverse terrain. Hikes can be arranged for all skill levels and desired curriculum.

Natural History Hike

Students will go out on the trail with a naturalist/guide who will encourage them physically and mentally as we engage in team-building exercises, study the natural flora and fauna, and learn about the Chumash - the indigenous people of the area.

Horseback Riding

Students will explore the Santa Ynez Range while horseback riding through fields of sage and Coastal Oaks. Naturalists will discuss the history of the area and point out plant and animal life along the way.


Students learn valuable life skills through participation in a guided rafting trip. Students are encouraged to help prepare the rafts for the river and learn the art of rafting. This is a fun and challenging activity for all.


California's coastline offers several safe and fun locations for introductory surfing lessons. Instructors focus on providing students with the fundamentals: reading water, paddling, and standing up.

More Info

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(805) 884-9283
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