Thank you for your interest in Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools at Sempervirens. 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 redwoods at Big Basin State Park, discover what’s living in the tidepools at Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz, and explore our beautiful organic garden and orchard.

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 7-10 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 see the downloadable counselor binder below for more details.

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!

Our Program Coordinator will come to conduct 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.

Please email Katt Knecht, our Program Coordinator, complete the form below or call with any questions: (831) 338-3077. We will be in touch to talk with you further about coming out to volunteer for a week.