CORE (Coastal Redwoods Environmental) school provides a unique approach to experiential environmental education. Our mission is to nurture life-long relationships between young people and the environment by offering an educational, spirit-infused experiential encounter with our coastal redwood habitat. It is our hope that naturalists, teachers, and students will come away with a connection to the land and ecosystem from a deep place, brought about by small-group, hands-on learning in a beautiful natural place.
What: The curriculum focus is on the science of the Coastal Redwood ecosystem, including: hands-on flora and fauna study, examination of water systems, discovery of the forest life cycle. Students are also given designated times throughout the program to specifically foster deep connections with the environment, themselves, and others.
Where: CORE School is located on 80 acres of Redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains at the Quaker Center in Ben Lomond, California, which is approximately 2 hours south of San Francisco and 20 minutes outside of Santa Cruz. The lodgings and grounds are secluded and safe. They also include hiking trails, arts and crafts center, and labyrinth on site.