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Students at splash lab; student handling sea creature; kids with binoculars at camp

Outdoor Education

For almost 75 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, which is designed to take full advantage of the Next Generation Science Standards. 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. Our lessons incorporate experiences and citizen scientist projects to create hands-on learning that is meaningful and fun. 

We connect students to science and nature through fee-for-se​rvice 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.