At Ojai Valley School, we strive to develop the intellectual and personal growth of all of our students – and Outdoor Education is a core part of that experience. The Outdoor Education program on both campuses introduces students, grades K-12, to the stunning mountains, canyons, deserts, and beaches in the West, while teaching students how to respect and care for our fragile environment.
Various age-appropriate activities occur throughout the year. Students learn to overcome real challenges that may be physical, social, organizational, and personal. Destinations in recent years have included Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and other national forests and state parks too numerous to list.
Because we believe that Outdoor Education is essential to developing Integer Vitae – our mission to develop balanced, well-rounded people – full participation in this program is mandatory for all students.
Children in grades K-5 begin their outdoor experiences with day hikes and overnight camp trips at regional beaches and campsites. In middle and high school, grades 6-12, the program offers greater challenges as students participate in week-long backpacking and camping trips. Students also participate in rope course challenges, day hikes, rock climbing and mountain biking excursions, seminars, and service projects.
Click the PDF below to see the list of upcoming 2016-2017 outdoor trips: