Outdoor School

Office Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:30am-5:00pm • Main Office: 408.573.3050 • The Hub - open during program hours: 408.573.3060

Walden West Outdoor School is operated by the Santa Clara County Office of Education. We provide environmental science education for 5th and 6th graders in a residential camp setting. Visiting students will explore an outdoor classroom with experienced naturalists and stay in cabins overnight. We teach Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools (CA NGSS) through hands-on learning while exposing students to new social settings, exploring different environments, and enrichment experiences. Students leave the program with a new sense of personal responsibility, independence and understanding of the natural world around them.

Basic Program Information

  • Teachers will assign their students into their own cabin groups. For health and safety reasons, cabin cohorts will not mix with other cabins during the week.

  • Volunteer cabin leaders could be high school or college students.

  • All meals and lodging are provided.

  • Students will hike in the local natural communities of Walden West and Sanborn County Park.

  • Teachers stay overnight in the teacher's quarters.


  • 5-day program = $390 per student/teacher/aide/nurse

  • 4-day program = $370 per student/teacher/aide/nurse

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