Rising out of the chaparral-covered Gabilan Mountains, east of central California&apos;s Salinas Valley, are the spectacular remains of an ancient volcano. Massive monoliths, spires, sheer-walled canyons and talus passages define millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement. Within the monument&apos;s boundaries lie 24,000 acres of diverse wildlands.
The rock formations of Pinnacles National Monument divide the park into East and West Districts
Pinnacles Rock Climbing: Naturalists at Large
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…
Who do we
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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
and one adult
from your school
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 Wilderness
First Aid Certified. 80 % of them hold
advanced certifications such as Wilderness
Emergency Medical Training, Wilderness First
Responders and Wilderness Advanced First
RESPONSE TIMES: for Emergency Services
1st Response (Park Service EMT): depending
on area 5-30 minutes.
Ambulance: 45 minutes out of Hollister
Medivac Helicopter: 15 minutes
Law Enforcement: Minutes
make for a
Located along the San
Andreas Rift Zone
4 distinct biological
Home to the California
Contains miles of
maintained hiking trails
Access to a wide range
of rock climbing sites
And caves to explore
Near the east entrance to
the park you will stay at a
A National Park Service operated campground with tent sites,
R.V. sites and group camping sites. Modern facilities include a
convenience store, swimming pool and hot showers.
We use custom made 4-person tents, which are typically used to
shelter two students and their gear (each faculty get their own tent).
And food preparation are skills to be learned…
needed for active
participantsThere’s a variety of menu
options from which to choose
Allergies and Special Food Needs
Program meals offer vegetarian food
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
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
problem solving skills.
The facilitation of
activities, with the
emphasis on our
interaction with the
of each individual’s
role in making the
group experience a
A Typical Day
9:00 Groups A and B do journal activities,
geology hike, group initiatives. Groups C and D
12:00 Lunch by groups
1:00 Groups C and D do journal activities,
geology hike, group initiatives. Groups A and B
4:30 Return to camp for large group games
7:30 Evening Program:
Night walk and star study
9:00 Students released to faculty
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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.
Utensil Kit that may be reused for each meal and
a cup that can handle hot & cold liquids.
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).
Two good water bottles (quart or liter size).
The proper sleeping bag (check your equipment
list for specifics).
A ground pad for underneath you and your
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.