What is Shady Creek

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Who are we…

Shady Creek Outdoor School is a residential environmental science camp designed for 5th and 6th grade students. We offer four and five day residential programs.

What we do…

Our goal is to teach to the whole child including:
* developing a feeling of personal responsibility to
help preserve, conserve, and enhance our
* developing heightened observation skills to
appreciate the beauty and diversity of the natural
world; and
* developing a feeling of self-confidence and
self-acceptance while also instilling the
ability to cooperate with and appreciate the
diversity of others.

How we do it…

All of our classes are designed to be hands-on experiences and the curriculum for each class meets the 5th and 6th grade California State Science Standards. Our classes include creek ecology or forest ecology, geology, avian ecology, native cultures, sensory awareness, survival skills, and team building activities.

Students are encouraged to learn by using scientific inquiry, observation skills, cooperative activities, language arts, music, and drama.

Knowledge alone, however, will not motivate significant life changes, so, within every experience is woven an element of caring.


Shady Creek Outdoor School maintains membership with both the Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education (AEOE) and the California Outdoor School Association (COSA).

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