A School Where the Learning Experiences of the Outdoors are Fundamental
VC Star reporter Jean Cowden Moore shined her spotlight on Ojai Valley School’s outdoor education program in an article titled “When Going to School Means Getting Outdoors.”(VCS)
For Ojai Valley and its students, the learning experiences of the outdoors are fundamental.
Getting out into the natural world begins in kindergarden and occurs as planned pieces of the curriculum through the twelfth grade with increasing intensity as students grow. By seventh grade, OVS students take a week-long camping trip.
The learning experience transcends the trips and the outdoors. Students also participate in the planning and must prepare for some of the more physically rigorous and challenging trips.
OVS student Keller Mochel shared these insights with the Star’s Moore:
“You learn a lot more than outdoors skills and a smattering of science or history when you head out into the wilderness…You also have to develop confidence and trust in your fellow adventurers…
Everybody has your food on their back…Everyone needs everyone else to survive…Someone, something might agitate you, but you can’t let it annoy you because you have to depend on them.” (VCS)
“If you go to Ojai Valley School, you’re going to get outdoors. Not just for recess or a soccer game. Out into the wilderness, camping or backpacking,” Moore opened her VC Star article.