Our Outdoor School Christian program aims to give students an integrated worldview of Christianity and science. God is creator of our universe. Nature is ultimately His sanctuary, and we desire for students to experience Him there while being equipped with the science knowledge that they need to be informed about our natural world in order to succeed academically. We also aim to simultaneously equip every student with new experiences and understandings about God in their own spirituality and walk with Christ.
Ecosystems Class theme: Unity—Scripture Colossians 2:2
Topics include: God's creative actions (Genesis 1), factors and components of an ecosystem, exploring our 4 unique ecosystems
Producers Class theme: Interdependence—Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:14
Topics include: God filled the space of the land with producers, all things depend on producers and the sun, photosynthesis
Consumers Class theme: Specialization—Scripture: Romans 12:4–6
Topics include: God filled the sky with birds and land creatures and each filled a unique niche, investigate birds, reptiles, and mammals
Watershed Stewardship Class theme: Stewardship—Scripture: Genesis 1:28
Topics include: Taking care of the earth, defining watershed and its importance, topography, stewardship projects
Night Hike theme: Overcoming—Scriptures: Psalm 139:11–12, Psalm 95:4–5
Topics include: Challenge by choice hiking at night, overcoming fear, light, bats, owls, specializations for nocturnal living
Climbing Wall theme: Encouragement and self confidence—Scriptures: Jeremiah 29:11
Topics include: safety, team, self confidence, meeting a goal
Extended Hike theme: Adventure with God—Scriptures: Psalm 33
Topics include: in the woods ALL DAY, summary on content, games, adventure along the journey with God
Evening activities include:
Cabin time devotional implemented by cabin leaders and chaperones.
Mount Hermon Outdoor Science School maintains a Registered Nurse on staff whose time and oversight is included in our regular program rates. Our nurse is on site and on call every day to dose appropriate medications and address all specific health needs of students and chaperones. Our health center is staffed by a trained health aid from 7:30am to 10:00pm and may be staffed overnight.
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The Mount Hermon Outdoor Science School utilizes the vehicle of experiential education to model our objectives and communicate science literacy to all students. We aim that every student goes home with a greater appreciation of our objectives: respect for others, stewardship actions, self confidence and teamwork, and wonder of nature.
Our curriculum is designed to meet many of the State of California Science Standards for grades 5-8. We have produced an excellent workbook that is given to every student and each teacher who participates in our program. The science standards that our program aims to meet are listed on our Science Standards page.