Outdoor Science Education

Outdoor Science Education
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4th Grade- Tall Ships

The 4th grade trip is a 1 day/1 night experience on the Spirit of Dana Point located right here at our very own Santa Barbara Harbor hosted by the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. This program brings history alive for students, allowing them to spend the night aboard a tall ship living the life of an 1830’s sailor. Based on Richard Henry Dana Jr.’s book Two Years Before the Mast, local fourth-graders, who are studying California history, become immersed in the unique world Dana faced as he rounded Cape Horn on his voyage to Alta California, headed to Santa Barbara to trade hides and tallow. Students explore man’s relationship with the ocean, gain an appreciation for our maritime heritage, and learn the concepts of ‘historical perspectives’ and ‘interpretation’. Through challenging hands-on activities students develop problem solving, critical thinking, leadership, communication, and teamwork skills.

5th Grade- Outdoor School at Rancho Allegre

The 5th grade trip is a 4 days/3 night excursion at the Outdoor School –Rancho Allegre located right here in the county of Santa Barbara. Nestled among the hills of the Los Padres National Forest, the camp is 213 acres of chaparral, oak woodland and riparian forests. Cachuma Lake and its amenities are within easy walking distance. The mission of the Outdoor School is to facilitate the development of community and environmental stewardship through a direct, hands-on experience with nature. The Outdoor School strives to teach participants the values of respect for nature, other people, and themselves.

6th Grade- CIMI

The 6th grade trip is a 3 days/2 night excursion to Toyon Bay on Catalina Island. CIMI at Toyon Bay provides a unique, exciting program that’s the perfect way to enhance any student’s education! The program focuses on hands-on, experiential science education. Utilizing state-of-the-art labs and equipment, expert instructors and the beautiful natural land and sea environments of Catalina Island, the program strives to increase science literacy, stimulate minds and, most importantly, to create excitement about science. During their 3-day trip, students and teachers have the opportunity to experience, first hand, the diverse flora and fauna found in Southern California’s Oceans.

 Through a combination of labs, aquariums and touch tanks on land and snorkeling, students and teachers learn about the many ecosystems of the island and ocean and get to see and touch a whole range of fish, algae, sharks and rays, marine mammals, plankton and invertebrates!

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