Pacifica’s Outdoor School
Pacifica Outdoor School (PODS) is dedicated to fostering the human-nature connection and ecological understanding to help students become knowledgeable citizens and stewards. We work to empower students through activities that highlight individual talents and enhance leadership and collaboration.
What is Outdoor School?
Outdoor school is a place where students can learn and grow together through cooperative living experiences, participation in performing arts, leadership activities, and field study. Field studies bring classroom topics to life with games, hikes, and hands-on exploration of the natural world. Students also take part in wilderness skills training with Search and Rescue professionals, discover their leadership potential in the challenge course, and enjoy traditional campfire activities with friends and staff in the evening. Each session includes two nights at Pacifica. Outdoor school is a positive experience that will stick with students for life!
Why Outdoor School?
Outdoor School has been proven to produce more than just good memories! Research shows that most students who attend outdoor school experience improvement in attendance and test scores at school and in developing critical thinking and leadership skills. Scores of studies demonstrate that natural environments heighten mental acuity and diminish stress. Human beings simply seem wired to work better mentally, physically, and emotionally with steady access to nature.