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.
Our Outdoor Science program operates out of Mount Hermon's Redwood Camp campus, which is in the heart of the redwood forest. Watch this video to get an idea of our location, where we run our programs, where students will be staying, and more!Watch the video tour
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 5th and 6th grades. Our outstanding field guide is given to every student and each teacher who participates in our program. View a sample below:
Beginning in Fall 2023, all Outdoor Science programs will take place at Mount Hermon's Redwood Camp facility. Nestled among coastal redwoods, Redwood Camp is located 7 miles outside the city of Santa Cruz in the Santa Cruz Mountains.Get Directions Redwood Camp 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.
“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
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