Outdoor Education provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about the natural world, explore ecosystems, work together as a community and enjoy the wonders of nature. Throughout the school year our resourceful teachers take students on local outdoor fieldtrips to deliver lessons with related content and take advantage of the beautiful location of our campus.
Altimira also offers a specific three to five day Outdoor Ed curriculum enrichment program for 6th Graders in the spring, which focuses on experiential education as well as personal growth and development. Locations have included Mono Lake and Alliance Redwoods and students stay overnight at the location. Some years, depending on space availability, 8th grade students attend the program and act as docents to the 6th graders. Beloved science teachers have led Altmira's Outdoor Ed program for over ten years. The curriculum broadly encompasses conservation, ecosystems, diversity, energy, eco-cycles, and environmental education. Under the guidance of an instructor, students break into smaller groups and are actively engaged in adventurous activities fostering cooperation, communication and decision making skills. This classroom in nature employs all the senses to deliver important lessons, develop the whole person and awaken in students an appreciation of the environment and the interdependence of all living and non-living things.