Each year Sunset’s 4th grade students are fortunate to be included in an amazing local outdoor education program at the Marin Headlands, just across the Golden Gate Bridge at NatureBridge. This two-night experience is a safe, fun, and exciting addition to the students’ regular academic program at school.
NatureBridge is a private non-profit organization dedicated to teaching science and environmental education in nature’s classroom to inspire a personal connection to the natural world and responsible actions to sustain it. NatureBridge’s science programs are facilitated by an experienced, professional faculty. Each instructor is also trained in wilderness first aid and CPR. Small group instruction encourages an understanding of the basic principles of ecology through intimate association with the natural environment. The goal of the NatureBridge program is to broaden the student’s awareness of the natural world and his/her relationship to it.
Fourth grade families are asked to donate money to cover the cost of this trip. The donation covers tuition, room and board, and all meals except for lunch on the first day. If families are unable to donate money to cover the cost of the trip, there will be scholarships available for all who need them. There are also fundraising opportunities throughout the school year, including sales at the Family Dance, Movie Night, and Talent Show.
The NatureBridge campus is located in the Marin Headlands just north of San Francisco. It includes a dining hall, science laboratories, play/recreation areas, and overnight facilities. Each dormitory has its own bathroom and shower area to be shared by students and adults. The teachers attend with the kids in addition to a limited number of parent chaperones.
You can visit the NatureBridge website for an overview of the program, including a video intended to give you an introduction to the overnight field trip.