We work with eachschool every stepof the way toidentify theiroutdoor educationgoals and thentailor a program tomeet those specificneeds.
Trail Group sizes of 9 to 14 students Always with one instructor and one adult from your school
Naturalists at Largeprovides a complete outdoor curriculumfor primary through high school level students. We can accommodate trips for 15 students to over 200.
Naturalists at Large draws it’s instructorsfrom all over the United States. These aremen and women with 4-year universitydegrees who have proven experienceworking with youth in the outdoors and inthe classroom.
With their high comfort and experience inthe outdoors, their passion for teaching,and a commitment to safety first, we havethe foundation for a fantastic experiencefor you and your students.
All of our instructors are CPR and WildernessFirst Aid Certified. 80 % of them holdadvanced certifications such as WildernessEmergency Medical Training, Wilderness FirstResponders and Wilderness Advanced FirstAid.RESPONSE TIMES: for Emergency ServicesAmbulance: 5-10 minutes...ambulancedispatched from Pt. Reyes Station andnormally runs to Petaluma.Medivac Helicopter: 10 minutes...Petaluma.Law Enforcement: State park- minutes
Members of the class will be organized into groupsof twelve to fourteen students. Naturalists atLarge instructors will work with their groups ofstudents to teach basic camp skills, supervise mealpreparation, conduct outdoor education hikes(primarily a mix of "walk and talks” and hands-onactivities) on the Park trails.
Meals are wholesome affairs providing the nutrition needed for activeThere’s a variety of menu participantsoptions from which to choose
Allergies and Special Food Needs• Program meals offer vegetarian food options.• For those with specific needs due to allergies or personal reasons, we suggest discussion with your faculty.• Naturalists at Large can help guide those with special diets to supplement their meals in ways which everyone can most easily manage.
A focus of most allNaturalists at Largeprogramming is theinteraction of theindividual with thegroup. The needs ofboth must be metthrough thedevelopment ofcooperation,leadership andproblem solving skills.
The facilitation ofactivities, with theemphasis on ourinteraction with theenvironment andeach other,promotes awarenessof each individual’srole in making thegroup experience apositive one.
Educational themes include thegrassland community, north coastforests, stream science, ecologyof the redwoods, forests andhumans -- a historical perspective,local geology, the stars, andenvironmental influences on plantspecies and diversity. Emphasiswill be tailored to complement theacademic goals of the school.
The park features a variety offlowers and trees, includingoak, tanoak, madrone, live oak,laurel and Douglas fir.California native wildflowersinclude buttercups, milkmaids,and Indian paintbrush.
And a short shuttle driveaway is the entrance to…
The Coast Miwok people were the inhabitants ofwhat we now call Marin and southern SonomaCounties. They had a rich economy based ongathering, fishing and hunting. Village communitiesof 75 to several hundred people developed insheltered places near fresh water and plentifulfood. "Kule Loklo" (meaning "Bear Valley") is arecreated village.
Wildlife abounds throughout theSeashore. Along the coast you mayfind marine mammals such as whales,seals, and sea lions. A closer lookreveals an abundance of bird lifefeeding near the tideline. Back in theforest, you may glimpse a bobcat,coyote, raccoon, or skunk scurryingoff. We also have plenty of deer andelk to be seen.
And a few other optional activities… Animal Tracking Map & Compass Orienteering Journal & Reflective Activity
A Typical Day7:30 Breakfast9:00 Groups A and B do journal activities,redwood ecology hike, group initiatives. GroupsC and D Shuttle to Bear Valley Visitor Center12:00 Lunch by groups1:00 Groups C and D do journal activities,redwood ecology hike, group initiatives. GroupsA and B Shuttle to Bear Valley Visitor Center4:30 Return to camp for large group games6:00 Dinner7:30 Evening Program:Night walk and star study9:00 Students released to faculty
Ask about… Allergies, Medications, and Special dietary Needs
Equipment RemindersFollow your equipment list.Pack together. Adult and student can doublecheck the contents of the gear bag.All clothing should fit in a medium size duffle.A day pack is essential to move about the programwith water, some food, extra layers of clothing,and personal incidentals.Utensil Kit that may be reused for each meal anda cup that can handle hot & cold liquids.
Rain gear is a must. (water-proof shell) RainPonchos are fine.Comfortable closed toed shoes are required.Light weight hikers or tennis shoes with a fewpairs of good outdoor socks (non-cotton).A good water bottle (quart or liter).The proper sleeping bag (check your equipmentlist for specifics).Ground pad. Ensolite pads are much cheaperthan thermarest types and work just as well.
Plastic bag protection. A half dozen, 1 or 2gallon storage ziplocks are good for protectingclothing in a gear bag from moisture. Along witha couple hefty 15 to 30 gallon bags to line yourgear bag and sleeping bag (& daypack).Don’t send gear that you could not afford lostor broken (expensive cameras, cell phones, andother electronics). A handy disposable camerawould be just fine.Follow your equipment list, ask questions,borrow from friends.