Pigeon Point Program Overview

Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools at Pigeon Point is based at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse State Historic Park with accommodations provided by Hostelling International. Pigeon Point is located on the Pacific Ocean, 50 miles south of San Francisco, and 20 miles north of Santa Cruz.

Going tidepoolingThe Pigeon Point program offers a unique opportunity for students to learn more about themselves as well as the natural world that surrounds them. The Pigeon Point curriculum, aligned with CA State Standards, focuses on three strands:

  • Nature Appreciation and Understanding
  • Cooperation and Teamwork
  • Citizenship and Empowerment

These themes are taught through a variety of activities and locations. Daytime activities include:

  • Tidepooling at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse
  • Beach and coastal ecosystem exploration
  • Año Nuevo State Reserve / Elephant seal tours
  • Marine mammal observation
  • Redwood forest discovery hike

Nighttime activities include:

  • Elephant seal puppet show
  • Night hikes
  • Town Hall and game shows
  • Fireside songs, stories, and skits