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. Emergency Services URGENT CARE Name: Santa Cruz Medical Clinic Address: 4615 Scotts Valley Drive City,State,Zip: Scotts Valley, CA Phone: (831) 458 - 6330
The camp features challenge courses, playing fields, a swimming pool, modern well kept accommodations, and wholesome meals. A variety of programs can be put together using these elements. Students can participate in a high and low challenge course in addition to outdoor and environmental education.
Located in the Coastal Redwood Forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains
Take a close up view of the Santa Cruz Mountains Experience, which can be provided by Naturalists at Large for you and your students.
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 redwoods Introduction to environmental science concepts Coastal range natural history and ecology 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".
Students are constantly encouraged to solve problems posed by the Naturalists at Large instructors, comprised of both intellectual problems and well thought-out and well executed physical problems (i.e. initiative activities). Each trail group is with a Naturalists at Large naturalist-instructor, and a faculty or parent chaperon each day for the entire program.
And a few other optional activities… Journal & Reflective Activity Map & Compass Orienteering Animal Tracking
Monterey Aquarium Elkhorn Slough Kayak Redwood Glen puts you in close proximity to great destinations for optional off-site activities.
Point Lobos Natural Bridges Punta de Ano Nuevo
The following is a sample three-day schedule that has been used by several schools. Four-day and five-day trips often add off-site options and allow for a more in-depth experience of the region. All Naturalists at Large trips are tailored to meet each school’s outdoor education goals .
(Day one) 11:00 Arrive at Redwood Glen Camp Bus greeters. Orientation to site, Staff and Faculty meeting Break into trail groups / small group orientation and introductions. 12:00 Lunch 1:00 Move in to lodging 2:00 Begin Initiatives & Challenges 6:30 Dinner 7:30 Evening Program: Night awareness and trust activities 9:00 Students released to faculty
(Day two) 7:30 Breakfast 9:00 Groups A & B do redwood ecology hike, group initiatives. Groups C & D do low ropes 12:00 Lunch by groups 1:00 Groups C & D do redwood ecology hike, group initiatives. Groups A & B do low ropes 4:30 Return to camp 6:00 Dinner 7:30 Evening Program: Star study / Campfire 9:00 Students released to faculty
(Day three) 7:30 Breakfast 8:15 Pack 8:45 All gear staged and ready to load on bus 9:00 Groups C & D do stream study. Groups A & B do games 11:30 Lunch by trail groups 12:00 Groups A, B do stream study. Groups C & D do games 2:30 Return to camp for debrief 3:00 Load gear on bus 3:30 School departs
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Ask about… Medications, Allergies, and Special Dietary Needs
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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