The Calvin Crest Outdoor School partners with public, private, and charter schools to bring students into contact with science, history, and the wonder of the great outdoors. Utilizing the forest, streams, night skies, and fresh air, our curriculum presents natural science, environmental education, wilderness skills, and historical topics. Courses and activities include subjects in the disciplines of astronomy, ecology, geology, history, conservation, and nature study. Curriculum units and all necessary equipment and materials are provided by the outdoor school for classroom teachers, who will be the instructors for each course. Calvin Crest staff persons also serve as instructors, which helps reduce class sizes on the trails. Students participate in hands-on learning and outdoor recreation while developing important social and life skills in a fun and exciting environment.
Each evening, the program has a different emphasis. Singing each night weaves a common thread that reinforces concepts learned during the courses and activities of the week.
Fall: September through the second week of December.
Spring: February through Memorial Day Weekend.
Calvin Crest Outdoor School is located about 10 miles north of Oakhurst, and east of Highway 41, midway between Bass Lake and the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. Travel time from Fresno is approximately 1 1/2 hours. Calvin Crest, at an elevation of 5,000 feet, owns 340 acres of scenic, forested land surrounded by the Sierra National Forest, which includes the adjacent Nelder Grove of giant sequoias.