Our education programs for over two hundred of California's public and independent schools have introduced thousands of students to environments as diverse as the… Independent Schools Charter Schools Public Schools Waldorf Schools Montessori Schools Who do we serve ?
Pygmy Forest of Sonoma Giant Forest of Sequoia Sonoran Desert Colorado River Catalina Island
Naturalists at Large draws it’s instructors from all over the United States. These are men and women with 4-year university degrees who have proven experience working with youth in the outdoors and in the classroom.
With their high comfort and experience in the outdoors, their passion for teaching, and a commitment to safety first, we have the foundation for a fantastic experience for you and your students.
All of our instructors are CPR and First Aid Certified. 80 % of them hold advanced certifications such as Wilderness Emergency Medical Training, Wilderness First Responders and Wilderness Advanced First Aid. RESPONSE TIMES: for Emergency Services Ambulance: up to 15 minutes Law Enforcement: 15 minutes
Snug in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains on Lake Vera, Camp Del Oro is the perfect environment for an outdoor education experience. Under the cover of majestic Oak and tall Ponderosa Pine trees, Naturalists at Large provides students an opportunity to actively learn in a well supervised outdoor setting.
The camp features a climbing wall, playing fields, a swimming pool, small lake, well kept accommodations, and wholesome meals. A variety of programs can be put together using these elements. Students can do the ropes course and climbing wall in addition to outdoor and environmental education.
At 2,500 feet in elevation, it’s surrounded by a Yellow Pine forest.
Camp del Oro is a wonderful backdrop for the study of Forest Ecology, Environmental Science and the development of class unity through challenging activity.
Meals are wholesome affairs providing the nutrition needed for active participants There’s a variety of menu options from which to choose Food
<ul><li>Allergies and Special Food Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Program meals offer vegetarian food options. </li></ul><ul><li>For those with specific needs due to allergies or personal reasons, we suggest discussion with your faculty. </li></ul><ul><li>Naturalists at Large can help guide those with special diets to supplement their meals in ways which everyone can most easily manage. </li></ul>
A focus of most all Naturalists at Large programming is the interaction of the individual with the group. The needs of both must be met through the development of cooperation, leadership and problem solving skills.
The facilitation of activities, with the emphasis on our interaction with the environment and each other, promotes awareness of each individual’s role in making the group experience a positive one.
Study of human impact on old-growth and second-growth forests Introduction to environmental science concepts Sierra range natural history and geology Natural History Hikes
This is accomplished by introducing them to the natural and cultural history of the surrounding area while they explore the trails and study the various habitats. Students will discover the unique natural and human history of the area, develop group cooperation through shared experiences, enhance leadership abilities, and learn basic outdoor skills. Naturalists at Large programs are designed to give the students a "sense of place".
Sample Schedule 7:30 Breakfast 9:00 Groups A & B do forest ecology hike, group initiatives. Groups C & D do lake paddle 12:00 Lunch by groups 1:00 Groups C & D do forest ecology hike, group initiatives. Groups A & B do lake paddle 4:30 Return to camp 6:00 Dinner 7:30 Evening Program: Star study / Campfire 9:00 Students released to faculty
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Equipment Reminders Follow your equipment list. Pack together . Adult and student can double check the contents of the gear bag. All clothing should fit in a medium size duffle . A day pack is essential to move about the program with water, some food, extra layers of clothing, and personal incidentals.
Rain gear is a must. ( water-proof shell) Rain Ponchos are fine. Comfortable closed toed shoes are required. Light weight hikers or tennis shoes with a few pairs of good outdoor socks (non-cotton). A good water bottle (quart or liter). The proper sleeping bag (check your equipment list for specifics).
Plastic bag protection . A half dozen, 1 or 2 gallon storage ziplocks are good for protecting clothing in a gear bag from moisture. Along with a couple hefty 15 to 30 gallon bags to line your gear bag and sleeping bag (& daypack). Don’t send gear that you could not afford lost or broken (expensive cameras, cell phones, and other electronics ). A handy disposable camera would be just fine. Follow your equipment list , ask questions, borrow from friends.
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