Outdoor Education is woven into the school experience at OVS from the beginning of the academic year to the very end. It starts with kindergarten, when students go on day hikes in the Ventura River Preserve and Sespe Wilderness. Overnight trips begin in first grade, right here on campus, and progress to places like El Capitan State Beach, the Channel Islands National Park, and Sequoia National Park.
Students in grades 6 to 12 have the opportunity to go on weekend adventures at least once a month. Choices include rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park, skiing and snowboarding at Mammoth Mountain, mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada, rafting on the Kern River, snorkeling and kayaking at Santa Cruz Island, surfing at Jalama and San Onofre, mountain biking in the Santa Monica Mountains, horseback riding in the Santa Barbara mountains, and much more. In addition, international trips to places like Costa Rica, Peru, Ireland, and Portugal are offered each Spring Break.
Ojai Valley School offers one of the most comprehensive outdoor education programs of any independent school, engaging students in grades PK-12 in environmental studies and exploration of the stunning mountains, canyons, deserts, and beaches in the West. As we strive to develop the intellectual and personal growth of all of our students, Outdoor Education is a core part of that experience as they learn to overcome real challenges that may be physical, social, organizational, and personal.
Learn more about our 2018-2019 Outdoor Education offerings:
• To see photos from recent trips, and other outdoor education experiences from throughout the year, visit the Images of OVS page.