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 First AidCertified. 80 % of them hold advancedcertifications such as Wilderness EmergencyMedical Training, Wilderness First Respondersand Wilderness Advanced First Aid.RESPONSE TIMES: for Emergency ServicesAmbulance: Kernville, response time 1 hourMedivac Helicopter: Varies (about 30 minutes)Law Enforcement: Sheriff of Kern County
6 hours fromLos Angeles and the Bay Area, an hour north of Lake Isabella.
Camp Whitsett, at 5,500 feet inelevation, has a wide range ofactivity areas for your outdooreducation trip.Streams and lakes dot a yellow pineforest with miles of hiking trails, aropes course, rock climbing,canoeing and plenty of room to tentcamp or use the cabin option.
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.
Educational Themes can include:A Sense of Place.Geology of the Sierra Nevada MountainsBirds of the SierraTree IdentificationPlants and AnimalsBlack BearsThe Conifer ForestHigh Sierra WeatherStream Studies
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.
The Naturalists at Largeropes program is designedto introduce all studentsto this exciting activity.Students learn to worktogether and cooperatetowards a common goal.Ropes instruction iscomplemented bychallenge and initiativegames that will fostergreater group interaction.
Evening Programs Naturalists at Large will use the evening as analternative activity/learning time for students. Each evening will have a different focus.Astronomy: constellations, motion of stars and planets, stellar evolution, stories and myths. Evening hikes to foster confidence with no artificial light. We also cover nocturnal adaptations of animals. Traditional campfire: songs, stories and skitsperformed by the students and Naturalists at Large staff.
A Sample of a Day7:30 Breakfast9:00 Groups A and B do ropes course, groupinitiatives. Groups C and D hike and do streamstudy12:00 Lunch by groups1:00 Groups A and B do journal activities,ecology hike. Groups C and D rock climb.4:30 Return to camp for large group games6:00 Dinner7:30 Evening Program:Night walk and star study9:00 Students released to faculty
A great adventure forthe group… And the individual.
Ask us about…Allergies, Medications,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.