Statement on Mount Hermon Operations

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Statement on Mount Hermon Operations

You can read our most recent updates here.
Learn how you can help Mount Hermon here.

Transformational Education

A life changing camp experience for your students

We know that life at school is busy and that planning a camp experience is a lot of work. A well-planned Mount Hermon Outdoor Science experience will support the hard work of teachers and families as well as develop and transform your students.

See what it's all about!


4 Program Options

 

Field Guide Sample

Get a taste of how your students will learn!

 

In all of our classes, we engage in critical thinking, verbalizing evidence, and experiencing information through our relationship-based Naturalist-centered program. Our curriculum is designed to meet Next Generation Science Standards for grades 5–8. Our outstanding field guide is given to every student and each teacher who participates in our program. View a sample below:

Did you know that science test scores can improve up to 26% after an Outdoor Science Camp experience?

 

For decades, our Outdoor Science School has reconnect students with the natural world while teaching solid science fundamentals. Our aim is to provide a loving environment where students can be themselves, and grow in the areas of Stewardship, Character, Wonder of Nature, and Science Literacy; all while exploring all that our unique setting has to offer— creek exploration, redwood groves, sand hills, pool play, and adventure activities.

 

Check out our Roped Tree Climbing Activity!
 
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Location

Close to everything yet a world apart

All Outdoor Science programs take place at Mount Hermon's Ponderosa Lodge facility located 7 miles outside the city of Santa Cruz, in the Santa Cruz Mountains, along California's Central Coast.

Get Directions Ponderosa Lodge Grounds Map
California Map
Main Physical Address:
Outdoor Science
Ponderosa Lodge Location
4600 Graham Hill Road
Felton, CA 95018
Main Mailing Address:
Outdoor Science
PO Box 413
Mount Hermon, CA 95041
 

Program Rates

Top value for your dollar

We have a range of rates for our programs that depend on seasons and length of stay.

For all programs teachers and cabin leaders come free of charge up to a given ratio.

If you are a new school inquiring about our program we have New School Discounts. We want you to participate in our program! Give us a call for more information.

 
  • “Wonderful rapport with students!”

    “Very enthusiastic and encouraging with all students. Chris, a special needs student, had the best week! He loved his Naturalist. Chris went home happy and ready to come back everyday. Thank you!”
    —Kat, Mission Park Teacher

  • “Exceeded my expectations”

    “Overall, the weeks’ activities and classes exceeded my expectations. This is a really well run and well planned camp experience for the kids. The learning and hands on activities are really important for all learners. It inspires me to find better ways to present science in my classroom. Thank you for a fantastic week!”
    —Carol, Teacher

  • “Great combination of teambuilding and science content throughout the week. ”

    “My students love the freedom of outdoor learning. They loved getting their hands dirty and eating plants.”
    —Marc, Bay View Teacher

  • “Positive, approachable, and supportive staff”

    “The positive approachable and supportive staff made learning exciting and fun!”
    —Toby, Oscar Loya Teacher

  • “Watched my students bloom and transform”

    “All my goals were definitely met, as in years past, I watched my students bloom and transform.”
    —Mike, Cesar Chavez Teacher

Let's Start a Conversation

 
To reserve your spot:

Austin Fought

Assistant Director
831.430.1239
outdoor.science@mounthermon.org

For other inquiries:

OSS Main Office

831.430.1297

To reserve your spot:

Austin Fought

Assistant Director
831.430.1239
outdoor.science@mounthermon.org

For other inquiries:

OSS Main Office

831.430.1297


Meet Our Team

Once you've booked your week of camp, these are the amazing naturalists that will make your program unforgettable.