Academic Overnight Programs
The Ranch Camp has a 188 tree citrus grove representing over 30 varieties of citrus, organic garden beds with crops traditionally grown in the Orange County, beehives for pollination education and all atop an aquifer where we operate a Wind & Solar powered well.
Areas of study include: plants, animals, agriculture techniques, land management, water quality, nutrition, food-chains, hydroponics and aquaculture.
Astronomy & Science Camp
The Astronomy & Science Camp boasts two, 11.5" Celestron and one 8" Parks Hit telescopes. Students experience the thrills of space discovery and the universe beyond their reach. Activities at the Astronomy & Science Camp excite students' interest in science and technology.
Areas of study include: astronomy, aerospace, aviation, weather, atmospheric pressure, sublimation and math.
The Mining Camp features and 1800 square foot mine with two shafts and a crank-operated ore elevator. Students wear miner's helmets with lights and use hand tools to dig for ore, crack geodes and pan for gold.
Areas of study include: geology, engineering, geography, plate tectonics, earthquakes, archeology, fossils & fossil fuels and minerals.
Adventures in the Foothills
Adventures in the Foothills is an exciting, four-night resident camp, comprised of days in the foothills where students experience physical, earth and life science principles through hands-on lessons, outdoor activities and team building games. This program is rich in content and addresses over 100 California State Standards which are proven to boost test scores. Gains in student learning are noteworthy and are measured through pre and post assessment activities. Resident programs include delicious meals and lodging in our new Bunkhouses and state-of-the-art 4000 square foot Dining Hall. Groups arrive at 10:00am on the first day and depart at 10:00am on the last day. Programs for schools can include time at the Aquatics Center with dual heated pools and Mountain Waterslide, upon request.
In the morning, students embark on a naturalist-led hike along the Santiago Creek to discover the wonders the lie below the ground and the evidence that paints a scientific record on the earth's cycles and changes. While hiking up Koll Mountain, students study the flora, fauna and ecosystems of the hillsides. During the physical science hike, students journey across our planetary walk and explore our expansive solar panel arrays while learning about astronomy, electricity and everything in between. The physical science hike culminates with a trip down the ZipLine!
The afternoons immerse students in the culture and science of our themed camps. Students become the miners and forty-niners of the California Gold Rush era, panning for gold, assaying their finds and digging for coal while experiencing California mining history firsthand. As ranchers, students experience life on the rancho as they explore citriculture in our citrus grove, learn roping, leather-work, composting, agriculture, sustainability and more. And lastly, our wacky scientists delight their senses and stimulate their imaginations with experiemnts in our research laboratory.
The evenings are never dull with activities such as; astronomy shows & telescope demonstrations, story-telling through the canyons and pathways to test our night vision, a traditional hoe-down square dance, star constellation designing, and of course a cozy closing campfire complete with staff-led and created songs, skits and s'mores to create memories that will last a lifetime!