By the time students graduate from SF Day, they have spent nearly a full month sleeping under the stars. Our outdoor education program started in 1985 and has become an integral part of the SF Day experience. All students, from wide-eyed kindergarteners to curious eighth graders, participate in a form of outdoor education. An emphasis is placed on group dynamics while students actively explore basic knowledge of ecology, geology, history, and environmental issues. All outings encourage students to explore and discuss their own ideas about responsible use of the outdoors and the protection of the earth's vital resources. Students work with teachers to expand their knowledge while building their self-confidence, leadership skills, and appreciation for our environment. Equipment and funding is available for all students.
- Kindergarten-Second Grade
- Third Grade
- Fourth Grade
- Fifth Grade
- Sixth Grade
- Seventh Grade
- Eighth Grade
Overnight trips start in third grade, when the students spend two nights at St. Dorothy's Rest in northern California. The trip is very closely associated with the science curriculum and focuses heavily on habitats of the Bay Area. Some fun highlights include campfire singing, line dancing, and the memorable creek walk!
Seventh grade marks the capstone of the Outdoor Education program at SF Day. The year begins with a single overnight at Rob Hill campground located within the Presidio. Seventh graders hike from school to the campground, set up tents, sleep outside, and participate in a variety of team-building activities. As the year begins to wind down, students backpack for a full week in the Sierras, at either Kings Canyon or Sequoia National Park. The class is divided into four small groups and spends the "leave no trace" week living in the back-country with adults from school as well as experienced, contracted naturalists. The experience fosters both supportive and cooperative relationships, as students live out of the packs they each carry, toting group tents, cookware, and other essentials. This trip is widely considered a highlight of the student experience at SF Day and provides memories for years to come.
The eighth grade trip occurs just as high school decision letters roll in during the middle of March. Students return to St. Dorothy's Rest, the site of their first SF Day outdoor ed experience, for a relaxing few days of reliving old memories from their time at SF Day and making new ones. This trip provides another important opportunity for the grade to be united before going their separate ways as graduates in the spring.