Our outdoor education program gives students the opportunity to explore new places, gain new skills, and form close bonds with one another.
During trips to Point Reyes, the American River, Half Moon Bay, and Lake Tahoe, students go camping, hiking, kayaking, rafting, rock-climbing, skiing, snowboarding, and backpacking. Along the way, they learn new skills like how to pitch a tent, start a fire, and navigate wilderness trails.
By the time they graduate, students often share that the outdoor adventures were a major highlight of their Eastside experience, and that doing something a bit out of their comfort zone helped them gain the confidence they needed to tackle other challenges in their lives.
Many of our alumni enjoy the outdoor education program so much that they pursue similar opportunities in college, which can be a great way to make new friends and forge connections. Our graduates also often come back and help lead our outdoor education trips, serving as mentors to our current students.
You can view photos from previous excursions on the Outdoor Education Program’s Facebook page.