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: 10 minutes Medivac Helicopter: 10 -20 minutes
THEMES: -Introduction to outdoor education. -Observation and discovery: Using science kits and specific activities to learn about the natural world. -Interrelations of living and nonliving communities. -Initiatives and group building activities. -Non-academic fun and art activities.
The Santa Monica Mountains are one of the last remaining examples of a relatively undisturbed Mediterranean-type ecosystem in the world. A unique climate, diverse topography, and other factors create a complex assemblage of vegetation types.
Food Meals are wholesome affairs providing the nutrition needed for active participants There’s a variety of menu options from which to choose
<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.
The Naturalists at Large ropes program is designed to introduce all students to this exciting activity. Students learn to work together and cooperate towards a common goal. Ropes instruction is complemented by challenge and initiative games that will foster greater group interaction. Challenge Course
Lessons learned include trust in fellow students, increased ability to focus, and development of self-esteem. The few climbing skills acquired by the students focus on a safe and successful experience. The organization of ground school preparation and ropes sites are designed with this philosophy in mind.
A Typical Day 7:30 Breakfast 9:00 Groups A and B do journal activities, oak woodland ecology hike, group initiatives. Groups C and D hike into Park and do stream study 12:00 Lunch by groups 1:00 Groups C and D do journal activities, oak woodland ecology hike, group initiatives. Groups A and B hike into Park and do stream study 4:30 Return to camp for large group games 6:00 Dinner 7:30 Evening Program: Night walk and star study 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. 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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