We run program at several sites in the San Bernardino National Forest (wait…only 1 site in 2021!). Though the program, staffing and curriculum are all the exact same, each site offers a bit of unique character. All of our sites are leased from non-profit organizations believing as we do in the importance of teaching children about nature. Situated at 6,700 feet, we are lucky enough to see all of the seasons; from the falling leaves in the autumn months, to the blanket of snow covering us in the winter, and back again to the flowering trees and plants in the spring.

YMCA Camp Oakes: 47400 Monte Vista Dr, Big Bear City, CA 92314


Started in 2000, High Trails is a Big Bear based small business that focuses on residential outdoor education for California elementary and middle schools and their students. Each year we host more than 100 schools and 8,000 students as they visit us in the mountains for 3, 4 and 5 weekday programs. To date we’ve helped more than 100,000 students learn to love nature. This single minded approach of focusing on only outdoor education has let us refine our program into what is now, we believe, the best natural outdoor science camp experience for your students. If you’re looking for a friendly, innovative and fresh approach to the world of outdoor education, come join us at High Trails Outdoor Science School; your very own dirty classroom.






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