Naturalists at Large will establish a base camp for the your school. We provide all group camping equipment as well as a complete outdoor program for your students. Pinnacles is an wonderful place for first time campers; a beautiful setting combined with Naturalists at Large’s central kitchen to provide wholesome meals and snacks make a perfect combination for first time campers. We have found that camping provides the shared common experience so important to group building as well as feeling of accomplishment.
There is excellent access from the campground to the extensive trail system of the Park.
Students discover the unique natural and human history of the area, develop group cooperation through a shared camping experience, enhance leadership abilities, and learn basic camping skills. During the program, Naturalists at Large will provide the students from your school with a shared experience, enhancing the class’s sense of identity. All Naturalists at Large programs are designed to give the students a “sense of place”. This is accomplished by introducing them to the natural and cultural history of the Park while they explore the trails, study the various habitats, and live in the area.
Schools interested in a service learning component can participate by helping to prevent the spread of exotic species in Pinnacles National Park with the help of a dedicated specialist. Students will learn how to identify, remove, and record the numbers of specific invasive plants found in a designated area. Tools, and personal protective equipment are provided. Check out our “Service Learning” page for more information.
Organized into groups of nine students (NPS regulation), one faculty, and one NAL instructor, your group will work together to establish camp, discover the unique natural history of the area, and solve problems posed by their instructors. These are intellectual, well thought-out and executed physical problems (i.e. initiative activities). Natural History themes for your outdoor education experience can include the chaparral community, adaptations of plants and animals for surviving this land of little rain, volcanic geology, the stars, and the environmental influences on plant size and diversity during an examination of the areas various environments. We will also stress the importance of safe wilderness travel.