Welcome to the World of San Mateo Outdoor Education
The San Mateo County Office of Education, in cooperation with local schools and the San Francisco YMCA Camp at Jones Gulch, conducts our award-winning environmental education program. This site introduces you to our program and our goals as well as the information you will need before your week at Outdoor Education.
During a week at Outdoor Education, students learn about the natural world, explore the forest and beach ecosystems, and work together as a community. Each year, 5,500 students and hundreds of teachers and cabin leaders join our enthusiastic staff to experience the magic of nature.
Our Habitat and Niche
Jones Gulch, nestled in the Redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains in La Honda, California, serves as home to San Mateo Outdoor Education. For more than 49 years, 5th and 6th grade students have enjoyed weeklong residential programs designed to emphasize experiential and environmental education.
A week at Outdoor Education provides students with a unique opportunity to engage with the natural world, explore forest and beach ecosystems, and live in a community with their fellow students and environments. Each year 5,500 students along with hundreds of teachers and cabin leaders join our dynamic, well educated, and passionate staff to enjoy the wonder of the outdoors.
The San Mateo County Office of Education, in cooperation with local schools and the San Francisco YMCA Camp at Jones Gulch, conduct an award-winning environmental education program. Both the academic program and the camp are certified, Resident Outdoor Science Schools (ROSS) by California Outdoor School Administrators (COSA). The camp also maintains American Camping Association (ACA) accreditation.
Students live in heated cabins with bunks and mattresses and bring their own sleeping bag and bedding. The students enjoy well-balanced meals prepared by the YMCA and served family style by the students.
This site introduces you to the program and its goals, as well as the information needed to prepare for your week at Outdoor Education.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Outdoor Education staff, please visit our Internship Program section to learn more about becoming a Naturalist.
- About Our Curriculum
- Sustainable Living Center & Straw Bale Classroom
- The Week's Lessons & Activities
- Weekly Menu
- Student Rights & Behavior
- For Teachers
- For Parents
- For Students
- For Cabin Leaders
- Scholarship Donations
- Social Expectations
- Internship Program
- Contact & Driving Directions
- Site Credits
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