Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools at Redwood Glen offers 4-5 day outdoor programs to fifth and sixth grade students. Redwood Glen can accommodate from 65-90 students at a time, allowing schools to reserve the entire site.
Naturalists lead students in place-based learning, concentrating on interdependence, cycles, ecology, and more, deepening students’ ecological knowledge and interest in science and environmental stewardship. School groups also engage in cooperative team building activities, including family style dining, designed to build trust within and between the hiking groups and participating classes or schools. Learnings are reinforced through reflective nature journaling; drawing or nature art; participatory group songs, dances, and puppet shows; and skits where cabin groups act out a concept they have learned during the week. Conservation is also an essential part of the experience, as students weigh and graph their food waste at the end of each meal, take their composted food scraps to the garden, try to take a 3-minute shower, and participate in a mock town hall meeting.