Outdoor Education Trips

Each middle school class takes a springtime 5 day, 4 night trip.  These trips are integrated into our academic program, and are culminating activities relevant to student learning. 

  • Fifth graders travel east to Yosemite National Park where they study the natural and cultural history of the region, focusing on Native American history. 

  • Sixth graders travel west to Mendocino Woodlands Camp where they sleep in rustic cabins, travel to the Ecological Staircase where they apply their knowledge of natural systems, and go tide-pooling along the coast where they study natural formations and form and function of invertebrates. 

  • Seventh graders travel south to El Capitan Canyon where they camp in tents, participate in physical and team-building challenges such as a ropes course and ocean kayaking. 

  • Eighth graders travel to the far north, spending their time in the Olympic Rain Forest where they study ecosystems and geology while also celebrating their time together as a class community.  

Overall the class trips are often the highlight of a great year in school as well as the highlight of a student's time at Marin Primary & Middle School.