Anza-Borrego State Park about three and a half hours southeast of Los Angeles) is an excellent outdoor education site. Located along the transition between the Sonoran desert and the mountains of eastern San Diego County, the park is a wonderful mosaic of cactus covered desert, and sparkling wildflowers during the spring, and the exotic palm oasis . Animal life is abundant. Deer, coyote, bobcat, desert big horns, and a distinctive and diverse avian fauna inhabit California’s largest state park and the adjacent desert. The rich and varied human history of native Americans, ranching, and mining add interesting components to Naturalists at Large's Anza-Borrego programs.
During the three to five-day camp, Naturalists at Large will provide your students with a shared experience, enhancing the class's sense of identity. All Naturalists at Large programs give the students a "sense of place". This is accomplished by introducing them to the natural and cultural history of the Park while they explore the trails, study the various habitats, and live in the area.
Naturalists at Large will establish a base camp for the students. We provide all group camping equipment as well as a complete outdoor program. Anza-Borrego is a wonderful place for first time campers; a beautiful setting combined with Naturalists at Large's central kitchen to provide wholesome meals and snacks make a perfect combination activities. Evening activities can include; star walks, night hikes, campfires, and other programs developed with the school.
Natural History themes can include the desert community, adaptations of plants and animals for surviving this land of little rain, geology, the stars, and the environmental influences on plant size and diversity during an examination of the Parks various environments. We will also stress the importance of safe travel in a region with little water and extremes in temperature. Emphasis is tailored to complement the goals of the school
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.