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Outdoor experiential education adventures for all ages

Mount Hermon’s 440 acres rest amid the Santa Cruz coastal redwoods, 70 miles south of San Francisco, and just 6 miles from the Pacific Ocean and the Monterey Bay. In our four distinct ecosystems students will explore and learn in a unique and dynamic environment. Extensive hiking trails lie next door in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, providing hours of fun and exploration.

On our campus, students can view native oaks, timeless Ponderosa Pines and the rare sandhills habitat, which is distinct to this area. During your stay, our naturalists will unfold this diverse coastal mountain region through creek research, redwood forest communities, animal identification, night hiking, habitat restoration and more. Mount Hermon provides an unparalleled setting for study, learning, and exploration.

 

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Ponderosa Lodge
4600 Graham Hill Rd Felton CA 95018

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The Santa Cruz Mountains camp center includes the Conference Center, Ponderosa Lodge and Redwood Camp.

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    From Northern California:
    • From Highway 17 take the “Mount Hermon Road” exit at Scotts Valley. If coming from the north, turn right at the light onto Mount Hermon Road. Once on Mount Hermon Road, proceed 3.5 miles through Scotts Valley to the signal light at Graham Hill Road. Turn left onto Graham Hill Road, proceed 1¼ miles then turn left at the Ponderosa Lodge sign. The physical address for mapping purposes is 4600 Graham Hill Rd., Felton CA 95018. Please do not send mail to that address.
    From Southern California
    • Take US 101 North to Salinas. Exit at Market Street and take Highway 183 West toward Santa Cruz. At Castroville take US 1 North to Santa Cruz. At Santa Cruz, take Highway 17 North toward San Jose. Exit at Scotts Valley at “Mount Hermon Road.” Proceed through Scotts Valley on Mount Hermon Road 3.5 miles to the signal light at Graham Hill Road. Turn left onto Graham Hill Road, proceed 1¼ miles then turn left at the Ponderosa Lodge sign. The physical address for mapping purposes is 4600 Graham Hill Rd., Felton CA 95018. Please do not send mail to that address.

More information about directions can be found at our directions page.