Your program can be as unique as you want to make it, and we will help guide the design every step of the way! Nearly every element of your Naturalists at Large program can be modified to achieve your goals.
Select your site, trip duration, optional activities and staffing ratios. Schools choose from one-day programs to weeklong overnight trips.
During your program we offer a variety of options to enhance or build upon your experience. While hiking, team building, and evening program activities can happen on any program, some sites have other options to choose from: Rock Climbing, Challenge Courses, Sea Kayaking, Canoeing, Surfing, Snorkeling, Nordic skiing and Snowshoeing.
For our school trips, we have found the best ratio of Naturalists to students is 12-14:1 as well as one faculty member or school chaperon. You can elect to increase or decrease this ratio by the number of adult chaperons that you bring.
Teacher and chaperon involvement is very important to the success of the program. They are not only crucial for general supervision, but often have previous history with the students, giving them a leg up in certain disciplinary issues. Our instructors will take the helm in general risk management decisions, and the delivery of your academic goals. Whenever a Naturalist is with a trail group, we require a teacher/chaperon to be present as well.
Naturalists at Large uses multiple sites including, Joshua Tree NP, Yosemite NP, Point Reyes NS, Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Monica Mountains, the Colorado River, and others that are convenient for schools from all over the state. Don’t see the one you want here? Call us!
Choose one of our Outdoor Learning Center programs for tent camping, or utilize our Lodge-Based sites for more of the creature comforts you would find in your own home.
Naturalists at Large is a leading outdoor and environmental education group in California. Since 1985, we have provided outdoor education programs for tens of thousands of students from over two hundred schools, offering custom client designed trips, flexible dates and locations, commitment to safety and comfort in the outdoors, the wonder of nature and the importance of outdoor and experiential education.