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Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education at Foothill Horizons


Foothill Horizons Outdoor School inspires connections to nature and one another. We provide an interactive outdoor science experience, a collaborative learning environment and personal growth opportunities through individual challenges. Foothill Horizons Outdoor School develops respectful global citizens dedicated to stewardship in their communities and beyond.

Foothill Horizons is a California Department of Education (CDE) and California Outdoor School Association (COSA) certified residential outdoor school in the foothills of the central Sierra near the town of Sonora. Amid 143 acres of forest, meadows and creeks, students learn about ecology, how to respect nature and how to cooperate with others while having the learning adventure of a lifetime!


While we would certainly love to be operating our week-long overnight outdoor school program this fall, we will instead be offering a variety of other options - the most exciting of which is our Foothill Field Trip option, which includes 5 days of curriculum - one of which is a day Field Trip to Foothill Horizons!  LEARN MORE


In January of 2022, we hope to be offering a 2-night/3-day overnight program.  This option will still include 2 additional days of curriculum making it a full week-long outdoor education experience!  LEARN MORE


Families can purchase a week of Outdoor Education at Any Distance for their children for a low per-child price. This includes at least 5 days of activities that your children can do anywhere! LEARN MORE


We are THRILLED to announce that we will need Volunteer Counselors beginning in January 2022.  (We missed our counselors last year so much!) If you are a Junior or Senior in great academic standing, speak to your guidance counselor or Work Experience Specialist to apply.   We are providing a free Leadership Training Day on Saturday November 6, 2021. LEARN MORE


Come one, Come all!  Visit the Foothill Horizons campus - for free - during our Open House on Saturday, September 11, 2021  from 10:00am-2:00pm.   Campus tours, hikes, Q&A, merchandise sales - AND - you'll get to meet some of the amazing Foothill staff members! Check out our Facebook page for more information.


Because outdoor education is such an important part of 6th grade education in Stanislaus County, we are committed to bringing Foothill Horizons to students where ever they are!  Now more than ever, students need to connect to one another, connect to nature, and grow their science knowledge. 

Contact Us

21925 Lyons Bald Mountain
Sonora, CA 95370

Key Contacts

Jess Hewitt

Jess Hewitt

Diann Rastetter

Diann Rastetter

Assistant Director

Alex Frierson

Naturalist Coordinator

Shay Kaye

Administrative Assistant

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign my class up for Outdoor Ed at Any Distance?

Contact Jess Hewitt at jhewitt [ahtsym] stancoe [dhotsym] org