May 30 – Outdoor Education is woven into the school experience at OVS from the beginning of the academic year to the very end. Our middle school and elementary students participated in spring camping trips in late April and mid-May, including some rigorous backpacking adventures for the 7th and 8th graders in the regional Sespe and Dick Smith Wilderness areas. Sixth graders then concluded their year-long study of the Ventura River watershed with two field trips. The 2nd grade class camped at Lake Casitas and students took time to reflect on their experiences in the outdoors with journal writing and sketching assignments.
The day before promotions in the primary and elementary division, the kindergarten class ventured to Rose Valley Falls for its traditional Boney Bean hike through the waterfall. And at the high school, students managed to cram in two late spring camping trips before Final Exams – one to the Kern River and another to Santa Rosa Island at the Channel Islands National Park.
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.
To see photos from these recent trips, and other outdoor education experiences from throughout the year, visit the Images of OVS page on the website.