The Conejo Valley Unified School District's Outdoor School Program is a residential environmental education program for the District's 6th grade students.
Outdoor School is held at Camp Bloomfield in Malibu, California. The camp is located near Leo Carrillo State Beach just off of Pacific Coast Highway. This location allows the students to see the natural setting of the surrounding areas in which they live. The camp has access to riparian woodlands, chaparral, canyons, ponds, and tide pools at the beach.
Students spend 3-1/2 days learning about the environment through nature hikes and activities that focus on the California State Standards for 6th grade science.
The Outdoor School Program:
Students who come to Outdoor School learn about the environment in which they live by taking "trail classes" led by Naturalists who are skilled in the subject they teach. There are no classrooms or desks; students learn about the environment by going out and seeing it first-hand.
Naturalists teach classes by first-hand discovery, discussion, activities, experiments, games, and songs. Trail classes include: Astronomy, Geology, Oceanography, and Zoology.
One of the highlights is the Beach Hike. Students hike down the Arroyo Sequit Canyon to Leo Carillo State Beach where they explore sea caves, tide pools, and watch for dolphins and migrating gray whales.
Students have a chance to relax and have fun during the evening programs. Students watch and perform skits at the campfire and learn about nocturnal animals and astronomy on the Night Hike.