Students are exposed to the Oak Woodland, Grassland, and Chaparral ecosystems of the Midland property and adjoining San Rafael Wilderness, the coastal environment including the Channel Islands, and other environs of California such as the Coastal Redwoods, the Western and Eastern Slopes of the Sierra Nevada, and the Mojave Desert, through academic courses, grade level programs, the Outdoor Leadership program, and through trips for fun and explorations during free time.
Outdoor Leadership is offered in the fall and spring. Each season offers two trips of 3-4 days each, the first in the local San Rafael Wilderness and the second in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Joshua Tree, Big Sur, or the Channel Islands. Emphasis for planning and running the second trip is placed on the students. Students learn, practice, and work towards mastery of skills associated with safe, fun, and engaging travel within the natural world, including knots, trail work, slack lining, surfing, hiking, camp craft, wilderness first aid, and trip planning. Qualified students who participate in a season of Outdoor Leadership are eligible to get checked out to lead their own overnight trips on the 2,860-acre Midland property.