Loma Mar Teachers
Thank you for your interest in Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools at our Loma Mar campus. We are a private non-profit [501 (c) (3)] California corporation that conducts residential outdoor education at three facilities. In all three programs, teaching is conducted outside and centers around exploration and appreciation of the natural world.
Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools at Loma Mar offers 4- and 5-day programs in which students hike through the redwood forest, explore the many bends and curves of Pescadero Creek, and discover the magic of the Pescadero Marsh, where the river meets the Pacific Ocean.
Throughout their week, fifth and sixth grade students study astronomy on a night hike, go tidepooling, and help to work with the plants and chickens in our organic garden while naturalists weave science, art and music into their lessons. Students get to debate a development issue during a town hall meeting, sing songs about decomposition, and meet ‘Big Red,’ an old growth redwood tree more than a thousand years old.
Exploring New Horizons at Loma Mar is located along Pescadero Creek and is bordered by Memorial and Pescadero Creek County Parks.
When a school signs up for a week of outdoor school, our Program Coordinator schedules a number of presentations to help prepare your class for their outdoor school visit. They will first meet with the students to help prepare them for their week at outdoor school, and then there will be a separate presentation for the parents to answer any questions and alleviate any concerns they might have. She will also schedule a meeting with the teachers sometime in the afternoon to discuss the teacher’s role at outdoor school and to answer any questions.
Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools takes care of counselor recruitment and training! Our Program Coordinator will go to a high school in your area and interview and train high school students to act as counselors during the week. Teachers may request students whom they wish to be counselors and may be a part of the interview and training process if they are interested.
A Week at Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools
During their week, teachers spend the night in their own house, which is near but separate from the student cabins.
Teachers are responsible for 1 hour of teacher time on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. They are also in charge of awarding the coveted golden dustpan Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings after breakfast. For the rest of the week, teachers may participate in all other aspects of the program as they please. All hikes are led by naturalists. Medicines are distributed by our Medic and Program Director.
The cost of the program varies annually. Please call to find out the fee for this year’s program. The program fee is charged per student; teachers and counselors are not charged for their week at the outdoor school. The fee includes busing to and from the beach, housing and all meals except for the first lunch, which students bring.
This song book will help you prepare for your experience at Exploring New Horizons at Loma Mar, or to reminisce about your week’s visit.
Please call (650) 870-0608 for any questions or email our program director Bridget “B” Posson.