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!
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:
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
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.
“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
“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!”
“My students love the freedom of outdoor learning. They loved getting their hands dirty and eating plants.”
—Marc, Bay View Teacher
“The positive approachable and supportive staff made learning exciting and fun!”
—Toby, Oscar Loya Teacher
“All my goals were definitely met, as in years past, I watched my students bloom and transform.”
—Mike, Cesar Chavez Teacher