Each year Sequoia Elementary 5th Grade students participate in the Outdoor Education program. The Marin County Outdoor School at Walker Creek Ranch is dedicated to helping elementary schools satisfy their educational goals through quality instruction within a special learning environment that inspires and motivates students to achieve an appreciation of the natural world. Using the principals of thematic instruction, the Outdoor School program enhances a student's critical thinking, processing, and socialization skills.
The Outdoor Education program gives students first-hand exposure to science and character development. Students increase their understanding of the world around them while hiking in nature, digging in the soil to witness decomposition, testing oxygen levels in the creek, and recording observations in their journals. Students develop problem solving and team-building skills, and facilitators provide expert guidance and help students connect lessons to daily life, all while learning to trust others and discovering new strengths within themselves.
Students are chaperoned by Sequoia teachers and Walker Creek Ranch staff.