The Outdoor School

at Rancho Alegre

Who We Are

The Outdoor School at Rancho Alegre has been using the natural world as our classroom since 1957. We are located on 217 acres of wilderness here in the Santa Ynez Mountains overlooking Lake Cachuma.

The Outdoor School at Rancho Alegre has been using the natural world as our classroom since 1957. We are located on 217 acres of wilderness here in the Santa Ynez Mountains overlooking Lake Cachuma. By hiking, exploring, and facing new challenges away from home, students find new found confidence and a new sense of independence.

Mission Statement

The mission of The Outdoor School at Rancho Alegre is to facilitate the development of community and environmental stewardship in students through a direct experience with nature. We broaden students’ horizons by inspiring a sense of wonder and curiosity about our dynamic, diverse, and interdependent local and global environments. 

Help Support Our Mission 

Your support can make a lasting impact! By contributing to The Outdoor School at Rancho Alegre, you’re helping us provide enriching experiences and educational opportunities for students. Every donation, no matter the size, plays a vital role in sustaining our mission. Your financial support ensures that we can continue to offer immersive nature programs, enhance our facilities, and reach even more young minds with the wonders of outdoor education. Join us in making a difference – your generosity fuels our commitment to fostering curiosity, exploration, and connections in the hearts of students. Donate today and become a part of the transformative journey at The Outdoor School.