At VHM Christian School Outdoor Education is an important part of the academic structure of the school. We believe that these immersion experiences in the natural settings of historic places are a powerful way to create lifelong impressions and memories. Outdoor Education provides the needed hands-on connection to learning that compliments the classroom activities and experiences.
Outdoor education begins in 3rd and 4th grade with overnight field trips that focus on California History. The main trip is to the Christian Camp in the foothills north of Placerville called “Rock and Water” where students get to experience the life of a forty-niner, panning for gold, making rope, and learning about life 165 years ago.
In 5th and 6th grade, outdoor education focuses on marine biology and coastal environments. Students spend three to four days at Alliance Redwoods Christian Camp. Located along the northern California coast, students explore the waterways and tide pools of Salmon Creek, as well as the redwood forest and other natural wonders.
The 7th and 8th grade outdoor education trips take students to the beautiful Yosemite National Park where they are immersed in an outdoor school experience hosted by Camp Wawona. Students participate in team building exercises, learn about Native American cultures of Yosemite, hike through the many wilderness trails of Yosemite, and discover native plant and animal species.