5th Grade Outdoor Education
WALKER CREEK RANCH
5TH GRADE OUTDOOR ADVENTURE EXPERIENCE!
Walker Creek Overview
Located outside of Petaluma in West Marin, the property has over 20 miles of hiking trails on 1,741 acres, has abundant wildlife and diverse habitat including grassland, forest, and coastal chaparral. At Walker Creek Ranch, the outdoor environment becomes the classroom - and the weather, land, natural communities, water and sky become the tangible content for the lessons. They take pride in providing hands-on, field based activities that bring science to life for students. This adventure is a 4 day, 3 night adventure for our Silveira Students. Click here for their complete website.
Walker Creek History
Walker Creek Ranch’s 1700 acres were first inhabited by the Coastal Miwok tribe. Traces of this Native American society are still evident at the site, including a large Grinding Rock and artifacts that are on display at the school’s museum. Click here for more information about their history.
Curriculum and Accredidation
At Walker Creek Ranch we work closely with our visiting schools and teachers to tailor each outdoor education program to their preference. Naturalists communicate with teachers at the beginning of the week to see what has already been covered, and what specifically those teachers would like their students to experience that week. Topics can include habitats, biodiversity, food chains, organic gardening, pond and creek studies, teambuilding, energy and water cycles, adaptations, native plants, ecosystems, and more.
All of our lessons are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, and our outdoor education program is certified through the California Department of Education by the California Outdoor School Association, Residential Outdoor Science School (ROSS) Certification program.
Frequently Asked Questions for Students
Frequently Asked Questions for Parents
Students stay in comfortable cabins that are heated, carpeted and furnished with sturdy bunk beds. The student Bath House is situated in the center of campus, and is equipped with restrooms and private shower stalls. Students are divided into separate boy and girl cabins, 8-12 students per group and are supervised by cabin leaders provided by attending schools. Classroom teachers attending with schools sleep in the Teacher’s Lodge, which is a lodge situated in the middle of campus, and is also the location of our student infirmary.
Classroom teachers, Cabin Leaders, and Outdoor School Instructional staff work together to provide around-the-clock supervision of students. Every school that attends is required to recruit either High School students or adult chaperones to act as cabin leaders. These cabin leaders stay in the cabin with students as well as support activities on trail. All cabin leaders receive a full orientation and training upon their arrival. The cabin leaders along with the teachers and naturalist staff, provide consistent 24 hour supervision for students.
Outdoor Education Staff
All staff at Walker Creek Ranch are employees of the Marin County Office of Education and are carefully screened, background checked and certified in First Aid and CPR. The school staff are professional educators whose top priority is the safety and well being of each individual student. They are dedicated, positive individuals who know how to make learning hands-on, fun and inclusive. Each is truly gifted in their abilities to teach young people about our connection to one another and the natural world. Click here for more information about their team.
“Kid-friendly”, nutritious, well balanced meals are prepared by professional food service staff. A large percentage of our produce is provided by local farmers market and in cooperation with Marin Organic, as well as supplemented by the harvest from our own organic garden. Every effort is made to provide menu alternatives for students with special dietary needs.
Will there be a Parent Evening at Dixie?
Yes, that date is March 1st, 6:00-7:00pm at Vallecito Elementary School, 50 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903. Faculty from Walker Creek Ranch will share information about their program with families. You are more than welcome to bring your children.
Will there be a chance for parents to visit Walker Creek Ranch ahead of time?
Yes, On Tuesday, March 13th, from 11:15-12:15, parents can visit Walker Creek for a guided tour.
What are the dates for this program?
Students depart on Tuesday, May 8th and return to school, Friday, March 11th.
Will there be chaperones for this program?
Yes! Unlike previous years, parent chaperones will be a part of the program this year. We will need 1 parent for every 7 children. There are no changes regarding our numbers.
How will my child be traveling to and from Walker Creek?
We are contracted with our Dixie District Bus and Michael's Transportation.
What is the cost of the program?
Total cost: $350 (There is no change)
Initial payment: $150 is due by November 9th, 2017.
Final Payment: $200 is due by April 6th, 2018.
Payment Options: If you are looking to pay through a credit card stay tuned as we are preparing that option for you now.
Note that we ensure that every student is provided the opportunity to attend. If your family is in need of financial assistance, requests must be made in writing to Principal Will Anderson, no later than November 9th, 2017.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or Mr. Anderson.
Are there scholarships available?
Yes! If you cannot afford to attend this program, let Mr. Anderson know through an email or letter by November 9th at the latest and we will provide support.
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What are my payment options?
- Cash/Check: Collected at school, no extra fee, made to "MESHSA Walker Creek" (If you have already paid and written a check to MESHSA Alliance Redwoods, that is ok)
- Credit card via Cheddar Up Platform: Online, 3.5% + $0.45
- E-check via Cheddar Up Platform: Online, $0.45
- Paypal: Online, 2.2% + $0.30 fee (See below)
Initial PAYMENT ($150)
2nd payment ($200)
Full payment ($350)