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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. 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 residential outdoor school program, we have instead (due to COVID-19), taken this opportunity to create a new wonderful program that brings science discovery to YOU! - wherever you are - Nature is Everywhere!

Our Virtual Curriculum is not a virtual field trip to Foothill Horizons... instead, we have designed activities, exploration and challenges that you and your students can do right outside your door, your window or in the backyard. See a sample daily lesson plan.


    • If your school/district has already purchased a package and you have questions, please contact Jess at: jhewitt [ahtsym] stancoe [dhotsym] org
    • If you are interested in purchasing a week of Outdoor Ed at Any Distance for your class or school, see the graphic below, and contact Shay at: skaye [ahtsym] stancoe [dhotsym] org
    • Families can now purchase a week of Outdoor Ed at Any Distance for their children for a low per-child price. See the graphic below for details.
    • All of the curriculum is on-line and super easy to use! (We ship the Adventure backpack(s) directly to you, which has all the materials you'll need!)
    • Click here to purchase 

Here's an overview of the week!  (note: image only, no active links)

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