Outdoor Education

For more than 60 years, the San Diego County Office of Education's Outdoor Education Department has provided hands-on learning opportunities and programs to bring real-life science action research and activities to children and teachers throughout the region.

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts are the foundation of our curriculum. Our programs provide interactive activities for students to learn how STEM plays into their everyday lives. Our goal is to ignite a love for STEM in our students, so they can become the next generation of science and technology leaders.

We connect students to science and nature through six fee-for-service outreach programs:

In 2013, we served nearly 74,000 students. Donations are welcome to help San Diego County children have life-changing, educational experiences.


To provide students with experiential learning programs that enhance awareness and scientific understanding of the natural world and their connection to it while building self-reliance, teamwork, and a sense of social responsibility.