Located in Joshua Tree, California, only two hours from Los Angeles.
The retreat facility can sleep from 10 to 280 participants and seats up to 500 in their largest indoor meeting space. Most of the unique buildings at the site were built by world-renowned architects, Frank Lloyd Wright and his son, Lloyd.
• An outdoor amphitheater with earthen stage, lights and fire pit for outdoor activities and wonderful evening events under the stars.
• There are accommodations for groups of various sizes, each with their own eating areas and kitchens.
• Large and small meeting spaces with many breakout rooms and beautiful views.
• Three large meeting halls: Sanctuary Hall (seating 500+) has a stage and wonderful acoustics as well. Noble Hall (seating 350) Friendship Hall (seating 210+), all with central A/C and Heating.
• Swimming pool and warm pool and sand volleyball court.
• Rooms sleep 4 in individual twin beds. Each room with private bath/shower.
• Central dining hall for meals and group indoor space.
Rock climbing possibilities are excellent at Joshua Tree. The Naturalists at Large climbing program is designed to introduce all students to this challenging and exciting sport. In addition to learning safe climbing techniques students learn to work together and cooperate towards a common goal. Rock climbing instruction is complemented by challenge and initiative games that will foster greater group interaction.
Climbing on Naturalists at Large trips is geared towards a success oriented challenge activity. In other words, every student should be able to make a climb. Climbing is an activity that few of the students will be familiar with, some may see it as an impossible task, but the climbs are chosen so that all students can have a challenging yet successful experience.
Lessons learned from climbing can be trust in fellow students, increased ability to focus (if facilitated), and increased self-esteem. Naturalists at Large climbing programs are not for mastery of climbing by the students. The few climbing skills acquired by the students are focused on having a safe and enjoyable experience, not as an introduction to mountaineering. The organization of ground school and climbing sites is designed with this philosophy in mind.
Our focus remains: a positive learning environment, appreciation of the outdoors, natural history instruction, environmental awareness, and camping skills. In addition, we add basic rock climbing skills (belaying, climbing technique, signals, and time on the rock). The idea is to incorporate the individual skills necessary for success in an introduction to rock climbing with the group building skills inherent in an outdoor experience.
Our primary objective is a safe and positive rock climbing experience.
Area trails are diverse and offer campers an intimate experience with the park’s unique flora and fauna.
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.