Morning: Gather in the dining hall for breakfast, pack backpacks and prepare for the day.
Instructional Day on Trail: Spend the day in small learning groups led by a professional NatureBridge educator. Students engage in collaborative, authentic scientific learning experiences in a safe and supportive environment. These experiences are designed to support NGSS and student’s social and emotional development.
- Test water quality in the Arroyo Sequit while learning about environmental issues such as water conservation.
- Identify native plants and animals while hiking. The park is home to over 1,000 plants, and 500 mammal, bird, reptile, and amphibian species.
- Explore the secret caves of the Grotto Trail.
- Use soil moisture meters or nutrient test kits to get a sense of the challenges that specific plant adaptations overcome in this environment.
Afternoon/Early Evening: Return to campus to reflect, relax and unwind while school chaperones supervise. Dinner in the dining hall gives everyone a chance to share their trail stories.
Evening: NatureBridge educators facilitate evening programs that could include a short night hike, stargazing, team challenge, or debate. Students then return to their tents and get ready for bed.