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6th Grade Outdoor Ed

Foothill Horizon

6th Grade Outdoor Education at Foothill Horizon

6th grade students at Vanguard have the opportunity to attend Outdoor Education at Foothill Horizon. At Foothill Horizons, the natural world provides an exceptional setting for outdoor education.  Our 143 acre campus is located within an oak woodland that includes six species of oaks, large pines, and stands of beautiful manzanita.  A perennial creek adds a cool, riparian zone for study.  In the spring, wild flowers abound.  Gray foxes, squirrels, raccoons, and mule deer are abundant.  Sixteen acorn pounding-stone sites on the school property offer evidence that the Me-wuk people once stood on the land where the students now study that culture. 

All of our lessons address California State Science standards for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade and the Next Generation Science Standards 1, 9 & 8.

Foothill Horizons is certified by the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Outdoor School Associaion (COSA)


Our dormitories can sleep up to 196 students divided among twelve separate dormitory rooms.  There are two halves to our dormitory building.  Each half contains six dormitory rooms, a central bathroom and a large meeting room.  Due to the nature and construction of the facilities, the dormitory halves are gender specific—boys in one wing and girls in another.  The number of beds in each dorm room varies from 14 to 20. 

Visiting teachers stay in a separate retreat building which can accommodate a total of 12 people in 6 semi-private rooms.  The retreat building has its own lounge/meeting room and a small kitchen area (including a refrigerator) for minimal cooking.


Our dining hall will seat up to 250 people and includes a stage and sound system.  Lunches are eaten picnic style in small groups at various outdoor locations around the site.  All meals are prepared by our on-site kitchen staff.  For a listing of a typical week’s menu, click here.



Outdoor Ed

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