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Our programs—especially our overnight camps—are a bit different from a typical camp. At the end of a program, each camper will have a deeper understanding of this amazing valley, the roles of diversity and community, and of themselves.


We achieve this by spending days in the field with experienced teachers who deliver a comprehensive ecology and natural history curriculum. Each day builds on the knowledge and discoveries made the day before, allowing participants to expand and apply newly-gained expertise.

We keep our group sizes small (8:1 student-teacher ratio) to create a sense of community among participants. We value teamwork and collaboration and reflect this in everything from field activities to meals and chores. Ultimately, we create meaningful, hands-on experiences in natural science and environmental education that draw on children’s imagination and love of play to help them discover and learn about the natural world .

You can also listen as a former Education Director, Lisa Huttinger, describes the philosophy underlying our programs. Enjoy! Dim lights Embed Embed this video on your site


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