Tag Archives: Camping

Grade 4 Explores Big Basin

Last week our Grade 4 students spent 3 days and 2 nights in beautiful Big Basin. Highlights included: making s’mores, hiking, preparing meals, enjoying giant redwood trees, and bonding with classmates.

To learn more about our Outdoor Education program, please visit: https://www.hamlin.org/program/outdoor-education

Camping in the Presidio with Grade 3

This week, students in Grade 3 explored and camped in the rustic nature of the Presidio.

Perched on​​ four wooded acres above Baker Beach at the Presidio’s highest point, Rob Hill is the only group campground in San Francisco. Here, you can see ​the lights of Sutro Tower, smell the ocean, and hear the owls in their Cypress roosts. It’s easy to see why people have been sleeping under the stars – fog-shrouded as they may be at times – here for generations, beginning with the Ohlone, the first inhabitants of this area.

Some highlights included: 

-Using teamwork to set up tents

-Creating artwork using objects found in nature

-Making and eating s’mores

-Going on hikes

-Spending time at the beach

-Bonding with friends

To learn more about camping at Rob Hill, please visit: https://www.presidio.gov/places/rob-hill-campground


Pinnacles Adventure with Grade 6

Grade 6 went to Pinnacles National Park last week. They enjoyed the outdoors and also immersed themselves in personal growth.

Pinnacles National Park is a national park protecting a mountainous area located east of Salinas Valley in Central California, about five miles east of Soledad and 80 miles southeast of San Jose. The park’s namesakes are the eroded leftovers of the western half of an extinct volcano that has moved 200 miles from its original location on the San Andreas Fault, embedded in a portion of the California Pacific Coast Ranges.

Some highlights were:

-Looking at the clear night sky, thick with constellations

-Encouraging each other with rock climbing (They climbed twice, about 3 hours each day)

-Participating in skit night and song wars

-Journaling and doing reflective sharing, including writing a letter to their 8th grade self

-Doing a solo walk surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature