The Outdoor School

at Rancho Alegre

The Outdoor School 

Embrace Nature’s Wonders: An Unparalleled Outdoor School Adventure 

Embrace Nature's Wonders: An Unparalleled Outdoor School Adventure 

The Outdoor School at Rancho Alegre offers 4 day, 3 night programs guiding students to extend their curriculum from textbooks to the enriching outdoor classroom experience. 

Nestled on 217 acres in the Santa Ynez mountains with a panoramic view of Lake Cachuma, The Outdoor School at Rancho Alegre offers an exceptional nature camp program. Our mission is to cultivate curiosity as the driving force behind scientific exploration. Encouraging hands-on learning, students embark on a journey of self-discovery against the backdrop of our expansive facility.

Program Goals 

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Igniting Curiosity

At The Outdoor School, we foster innate curiosity within every student. Our approach encourages students to observe, wonder, and pose questions, ensuring that curiosity flourishes.

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Immersive Nature Exploration

Amidst the rich biodiversity of the Santa Ynez Mountain ecosystems, students embark on hands-on experiences. From examining the geology to identifying native flora and fauna, our program encourages exploration and discovery within this unique inland environment. Through these experiences, students seek answers to their questions, gaining a profound understanding of the diverse ecosystems present in the Santa Ynez Mountains.

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Forming Meaningful Connections

Collaboration is at the heart of our program. As students work together to unravel the mysteries they’ve uncovered, powerful connections are forged. Not only do they relate newfound knowledge to their academic studies, but they also build lasting connections with each other during this transformative journey.