Thank you for your interest in Exploring New Horizons Outdoor School at Loma Mar. As an outdoor school counselor you will be a role model for 5th and 6th grade students during their week at our program. Schools come for both 4 and 5-day programs in which they hike in the old growth on site and in Pecadero County Creek and Memorial Park, discover what’s living in the tidepools at at Pigeon Point Lighthouse and Pescadero Marsh and explore our beautiful organic garden.

As a counselor you will participate in all these activities with the students and more!

Counselor Responsibilities

As an outdoor school counselor you will be in charge of a group of 7-12 fifth or sixth grade students. This means you will be staying in the cabin with them, getting them to meals on time, helping to supervise meals and recreation time, and going on hikes as their naturalist teaches them their lessons. Please read the Counselor Survival Guide to help prepare you for your time at outdoor school.

Benefits of Being a Counselor

Not only do counselors earn community service hours, but at the end of the week high school students can get reference letters for college or summer camp jobs as well. This is also a great way to give back to your community and to be a role model for a 5th or 6th grade student. We have found that many high school students feel more empowered after their week of being a counselor and some have even gone on to get a job after college as an Exploring New Horizons naturalist!

Counselor Training

Our program coordinator will come to do interviews and train counselors at a high school that has been chosen to work with one of our grade schools. The interviews are brief and will be conducted during the lunch time and the training will last for a few hours after school. If you are chosen as a counselor you will hear from us in a few weeks after your interview. If selected you will meet at the grade or middle school the morning of the first day of outdoor school and ride the bus with the students. Once you arrive at the outdoor school you will go through an orientation and our staff is on hand 24 hours a day to help you with any questions you may have during your stay.

If you are interested in becoming a counselor contact Chelsea “Yarrow” Lee at Exploring New Horizons, complete the form below or give us a call at (650) 879-0608. We will be in touch soon to get you signed up to come out and volunteer for a week.