We work with each
school every step
of the way to
goals and then
tailor a program to
meet those specific
Trail Group sizes of 9 to 14 students
Always with one
one adult from
Naturalists at Large
provides a complete
for primary through
high school level
students. We can
for 15 students to
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
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: Under 30 minutes from Grant Grove
Medivac Helicopter: Under 20 minutes;
winter...varies with provider, consult EMS
Law Enforcement: 15 minutes
4 ½-5 hour drive from Los
Angeles or San Francisco
Located at an elevation of
about 7,500 feet Montecito
Sequoia offers spectacular
mountain vistas, and views
of the Great Western
The lodge has a wonderful dining facility
providing quality food for every taste
variety of menu
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 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.
Educational Themes can include:
*A Sense of Place. How are our urban
environments and Sequoia similar/different?
How do urban areas impact the wilderness?
*Geology of the Sierra Nevada Mountains
*The ecology of Giant Sequoias
*The mixed conifer "snow" forest of the Sierra
*Plant and animal adaptations of the Sierra.
*Activity options include multiple-day
backpacking, visits to nearby Sequoia Groves,
day trips to Kings Canyon, and more
NAL will provide:
*One naturalist / instructor for every twelve to
fourteen students to conduct outdoor education
programs for the students. (School provides one
faculty member for every group of twelve.)
*Program activities developed by Naturalists at
Large with the faculty of the school.
*All meals while at the program site.
*A meeting room throughout the program period.
*Evening programs on Sierra natural history,
adventure travel, or forest history every night.
Optional activities – outpost camping,
backpacking, day trips to either Grant’s Grove or
“Can’t believe we
all fit in here…
Snack Time !
And a few other optional activities…
Map & Compass
Journal & Reflective
Side trips can be arranged for visits to
other parts of the Sequoia-Kings Canyon
Naturalists at Large will use the evening as an
alternative 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 skits
performed by the students and Naturalists at
3:00 Students arrive. Unload bus.
General site orientation
Split into trail groups
Small group orientations
Detailed room preview in trail groups.
Snack in the Dining hall
5:00 Faculty supervised free time.
6:00 Emergency Drill / Dinner. Set up/clean up
7:30 Evening program: Night hike with Astronomy
8:15-9:00 Pumpkin carving in the dining hall-SCARY!!!
9:00 Students released to Faculty for the evening.
9:30 In rooms
10:00 Lights out and quiet
7:30 Breakfast. Set up/Clean up by
8:30 Students meet in trail groups / Pick up trail lunch
9:00 Groups 1&2 go off site and visit Big Stump
Groups 3&4 Grant Grove
Groups 5-9 will spend the day in camp
A) Hike with natural history
B) Frisbee Orienteering
C) Climbing Traverse or __________
Canoeing/Archery (if available)
3:00 Groups 1-4 meet the buses and return to camp
4:30 Faculty supervised free time.
5:30 Dinner. Set up/clean up by
7:30-8:00 Trail group activities – active night hike with games.
Video in the Ponderosa for all students Pictionary or
9:30 Students released to faculty for the evening
10:00 Lights out and quiet
A great adventure for
Let children walk with Nature,
let them see the beautiful
blendings and communions of
death and life, their joyous
inseparable unity, as taught in
woods and meadows, plains and
mountains and streams of our
blessed star. …Muir
and Special Dietary
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, 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.