Field trips

Field trips

Outdoor Education Trips with New Horizons

At Daniel Webster Elementary School, we partner with Exploring New Horizons to offer overnight science field trips to our students in the 4th and 5th grades. The program for 4th graders is a 3 day/2 night program called Pigeon Point. The program for 5th graders is a 5 day/4 night program called Loma Mar. Both programs are paid for by the Daniel Webster PTA, parent contributions, and student fund drives.

Pigeon Point Program Overview

Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools at Pigeon Point is based at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse State Historic Park with accommodations provided by Hostelling International. Pigeon Point is located on the Pacific Ocean, 50 miles south of San Francisco, and 20 miles north of  Santa Cruz.

The Pigeon Point program offers a unique opportunity for students to learn more about themselves as well as the natural world that surrounds them. The Pigeon Point curriculum, aligned with CA State Standards, focuses on three strands:

1) Nature Appreciation and Understanding

2) Cooperation and Teamwork

3) Citizenship and Empowerment

These themes are taught through a variety of activities and locations.

Daytime activities include:

  • Tidepooling at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse
  • Beach and coastal ecosystem exploration
  • Año Nuevo State Reserve / Elephant seal tours
  • Marine mammal observation
  • Redwood forest discovery hike

Nighttime activities include:

  • Elephant seal puppet show
  • Night hikes
  • Town Hall and game shows
  • Fireside songs, stories, and skits

Loma Mar Program Overview

Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools at Loma Mar takes a hands-on, experiential approach to science education, and focuses on adventure, self-discovery and environmental stewardship. Located in the Pescadero Creek watershed near Memorial and Pescadero Creek County Parks, students learn about how they are connected to the natural world while exploring the Oak and Redwood Forest. Each evening activity finishes with songs and stories around the campfire.

The Exploring New Horizons curriculum, aligned with the California State Standards, focuses on three strands:

1) Nature Appreciation and Understanding

2) Cooperation and Teamwork

3) Citizenship and Empowerment

These themes are taught through a variety of activities and lessons.

Daytime activities include:

  • Exploring Pescadero Marsh and the tidepools along the central Coast’s beautiful rocky shore
  • Learning about the old growth redwoods while hiking through our beautiful site as well as Pescadero and Memorial County Parks
  • Exploring and working with the plants, chickens and ducks in the organic garden
  • Hikes and lessons in a mixed Oak/Madrone/Douglas fir forest
  • Working together to complete safe and exciting team challenges
  • Singing songs about decomposition, adaptations, and the food chain

Night time activities include:

  • The Town Hall Meeting, in which students debate and vote on a development issue
  • The Barnyard Boogie, where students learn dances with their live band
  • The Night Hike, in which students go for a hike at night and learn about astronomy
  • Skit Night, where students perform skits about an outdoor education related theme
  • Each evening ends with a campfire where naturalist sing songs and tell stories 

For more information, please visit exploringnewhorizons.org