15700 Old Oak Ranch Road Sonora, CA 95370  |  (209) 532–3691


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1, 2, 3, 4 or 5-Day Programs Available

We believe the best place to learn about science is in a living laboratory:  the outdoors!  All Day Classes are 3 hours 15 minutes in length and are taught by our dedicated and qualified teaching staff.

Our curriculum follows the Next Generation Science Standards and it is specifically designed for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students.

Customize Your Schedule

Student and Naturalist on trail
Once you make a reservation, you will work with our Program Coordinators to customize a schedule that works for your school's needs. You will be able to choose from the day classes below or see our Field Trip pages for more daytime options. On the Night Classes page you will find descriptions of the evening activities you can choose from.

Silent Mile

kids on trail
This is a class where students have an opportunity to really gain an understanding of the forest ecology.  Through hands-on exploration and observation students will discover the connections between the non-living and living parts of an ecosystem. All components of this ecosystem are put together into an ecology cycle and students find out how humans fit into it. One mile of this 2.5 mile hike will be done in silence to encourage close observation of and reflection on the natural world.

Raptors and Conservation

Mike holding a raptor in class
The highlight of this class is a trip to our Raptor Center, which affords students the opportunity to study live birds of prey at close range.  Through observation, games and discussion, participants will learn the unique adaptations of raptors and the importance of these top predators in a food chain.  The class is concluded with a discussion of the impact of human activity on wildlife, and what the students can do in their lives to conserve these magnificent creatures. This class will expand upon topics formerly covered in “Raptor Study” and allow for more conservation activities.

Earth and Beyond

Beginning with the rock cycle, students will learn about the structure of the Earth and how it was formed. We will then use activities and discussion to look beyond our own planet to the nature of stars, planets, moons, and other celestial bodies, as well as the structure of the solar system, galaxies, and the universe. A visit to the Star Lab planetarium introduces students to the constellations, and the movement patterns of the night sky. Students will learn the basics of navigating the sky and will hear the mythology behind these celestial patterns. The evening "Star Watch" activity is recommended for those groups taking this class. 

Foresters in the Field

students sitting in the forest
The forest around our campus offers an ideal classroom for investigating forest health and forest management techniques. Through plot surveys and species identification, students will use the scientific method to take a closer look at the composition of our forest, the life on the forest floor, and the important role of fire in this ecosystem.

Aquatic Investigation

students next to pond
How can we tell if a Pond is healthy? Armed with tools for data collection, students will set out to discover for themselves the various life zones of a pond and what organisms live there. They will also collect data such as oxygen levels, turbidity, and pH to determine the health of the pond. In the microscope lab students will discover the microscopic world of euglena, amoebas, water bears and diatoms.

Climbing Wall or High Ropes

Student on the Zip Line
Students will get the opportunity to challenge themselves on our climbing walls. Encourage students to face their fears in our High Ropes course. Students get harnessed up, learn basic belay commands, and climb one of our challenges either the Burma Bridge or Catwalk to our Crow's Nest where our staff will then hook you into our Zip Line! Students learn to encourage each other and learn how to step out of their comfort zone.

Team Challenge

basketball on blacktop
Students are put into smaller groups and given a series of challenges to conquer that will require critical and creative thinking, teamwork, and much more. Your students will learn how to be better teammates, diligent workers, and proud of their unique strengths they can bring to a team.

Wilderness Survival

students building a shelter
This class will provide participants with valuable skills to help them thrive in survival situations.  Orienteering–- or finding one’s way with a map and compass-– will be taught and practiced in the forest.  Simulating a wilderness survival situation, participants will learn to prioritize their survival needs and will work in small groups to construct shelters from forest materials. The information learned can be applied to both wilderness areas, developed areas, and even back at home!

People of the Sierra

teepee made of wood sticks
Learn the cultural history of the people that inhabited the Sierras through time. Our site has a replica Me-Wuk village built in the same manner as the first known inhabitants of the Sierras. Students get to walk through the village, explore artifacts hands-on in groups, and learn more about the Me-Wuk ways of life through songs and games. Then learn how lives were transformed as people migrated to the Sierras because of the Gold Rush. Students get to learn how the miners lived, and even get to pan for gold.
15700 Old Oak Ranch Road
Sonora, CA 95370
(209) 532–3691

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