Cuyamaca Outdoor School

​Cuyamaca Outdoor School, also known as 6th grade camp, has connected more than one million students with science and nature since 1946. Generations of school children have participated in hands-on lessons in an overnight camp setting. The activities aim to nourish an appreciation of nature, create a deeper understanding of science concepts, and provide an opportunity for students to explore their independence in a safe, educational and fun environment.

Cuyamaca Outdoor School, operated by the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), is the only outdoor education program in San Diego County featuring credentialed teachers and a curriculum aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards.

Nearly 12,000 students each year attend Cuyamaca Outdoor School during four- or five-day excursions in the mountains of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Click on the link at the right and fill out the application to sign up.

For more information or to see if your school is scheduled, call 858-292-3695.


Civil Rights Information

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form found online and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. 

To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: 202-690-7442; or

(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.​


Outdoor Education Scholarship Contest

The San Diego County Office of Education hosts the Outdoor Education Scholarship Contest annually to provide scholarships to 6th Grade Camp. The contest is funded by the William E. Van Arsdale Trust. Fifteen students are going to camp this fall tuition-free thanks to their winning essays. Read the essays in full here.

To learn more about the essay program, which takes place in spring, contact the Outdoor Education department at 858-292-3695.

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