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OUTDOOR DISCOVERY PROGRAM

The Outdoor Discovery Program is a nature-based education experience designed to encourage youth to discover the wonders of nature. The program offers curriculum-based, hands-on learning experiences that incorporate concepts of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Program activities are designed for a wide range of learning outcomes related to the California Content Standards.

The program is held outdoors on the trails and surrounding areas of our preserves. Depending on the location, groups will be expected to hike/walk 1-2 miles. Programs will operate during all weather conditions including hot and cold temperatures, rain, wind, and snow. In the event of unsafe weather, travel, or trail conditions programs will be subject to cancellation. A reschedule date may not be offered if alternative dates are not available.


PROGRAM REGISTRATION

Registration for the following school year opens May 1. Please complete the following steps to register your group for the program:

  1. Contact the preserve of your choice to check on date availability (see specific preserve details below).
  2. Fill out all required forms and submit to that preserve.
  3. One month prior to your group's visit, we will provide all additional information you need for the trip.

PROGRAM FEES

Our programs are free of charge. Donations are welcome and appreciated.


FIND A PROGRAM NEAR YOU

This program is offered at multiple locations throughout Southern California. Use the interactive map below to view what preserves offer this program.

Skip ahead to specific program information by clicking the location of your preference

DESERTS  |   OAK GLEN   |   WIND WOLVES


DESERTS

Mission Creek Preserve | 60550 Mission Creek Road, Desert Hot Springs, CA (map)

Pioneertown Mountains Preserve | 51050 B Pipes Canyon Road, Pioneertown, CA (map)

Whitewater Preserve | 9160 Whitewater Canyon Road, Whitewater, CA (map)


The desert programs are designed to cover pertinent life and physical science standards within current California Science Standards framework. Staff work closely with district science leaders within Riverside and San Bernardino counties to ensure the programs meet current educational requirements, including the Next Generation Science Standards. The program focus to date has been desert water cycles and watershed ecology, for primarily 3rd to 12th grade. Requests for other grade levels, including mixed grade levels or homeschool groups, are accepted and staff will strive to accommodate teachers and homeschool parents who have special requests and focus requirements.

Programs generally run for 3 hours, beginning at approximately 10:00 am and concluding at approximately 1:00 pm. The program includes an introduction, walk/activities, student picnic lunch period and after lunch activities.

Summary of Programs Offered



PROGRAM RESOURCES

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information about our Outdoor Discovery Program at Desert Preserves, please contact:

Kacey Shaughnessy
Outdoor Education Director
kacey.s@twc-ca.org
(760) 325-7222


OAK GLEN PRESERVE

39611 Oak Glen Road, Buildin 10, Oak Glen, CA (map)


Over 100,000 students have participated in the Outdoor Discovery Program at Oak Glen Preserve since its inception in 2002. Located in Oak Glen, nestled within the San Bernardino Mountains, this free program takes place on a two-mile nature trail on the Oak Glen Preserve. This trail meanders through an evergreen forest, past ponds that host migratory ducks in winter, and under a canopy of a deciduous black oak forest that opens onto a south-facing chaparral hillside. The return trail follows a willow shaded stream onto a boardwalk that is the home to a variety of butterflies when the wetlands are in bloom. Children will experience, within a small geographic area, ecosystems that were previously unknown to them.

Our programs is a five hour nature adventure field trip, during which each child will have a chance to learn, explore, and gain a new respect for nature while having fun. Quality outdoor education experiences are offered with hands-on group activities for grades 3rd - 6th.

Summary of Programs Offered



PROGRAM RESOURCES

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information about our Outdoor Discovery Program at Oak Glen Preserve, please contact:

Elba Sandjian
Outdoor Education Director
elba.m@twc-ca.org
(909) 790-3698


WIND WOLVES PRESERVE

16019 Maricopa Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93311 (map)

Nearly 200,000 children have participated in the Outdoor Discovery Program at Wind Wolves Preserve since 1998. Using hands-on experiential education as our teaching methodology, the instructors at Wind Wolves offer an unparalleled learning experience in environmental education. Educators have a choice of programs focusing on Native American lifeways and ecology. We offer ecology programs for each grade level from kindergarten to 8th grade. These programs build upon each other and include the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Educators looking for an extended learning experience can consider our weekend and overnight camp programs, as well as service learning projects.

Our programs generally are 3.5 - 4 hours long, beginning at approximately 9:30 am and concluding at approximately 1:00 pm. Programs include an introduction, walk/activities, and half-hour picnic lunch period. Time frames can be adjusted, but cannot begin earlier than 9:30 am.

Summary of Programs Offered



PROGRAM RESOURCES

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information about our Outdoor Discovery Program at Wind Wolves Preserve, please contact:

Linda Vasquez
Outdoor Education Manager
linda.v@twc-ca.org
(661) 858-1115

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