Wilderness/Outdoor Skills | September 30, 2014 9:00-2:30pm

field trips– Map & Compass (with Aid-less Navigation)
– Animal Tracking and Sign
– Survival Skills
1) Practical: The Basics of Wilderness Outdoor Skills
2) Wilderness Survival: Survival Skills Intensive
– Shelters
– Firemaking
– Wild Edible and Useful Plants
– Plant Uses & Plant Ecology
– Hunting and Trapping Skills
– Survival Skills Crafts (Earth Crafts)
(cordage, basketry, arrow-making, stone tools, bow-making, bone tools,
instruments, games, traps, clothing, mats, leather-work, adornments, etc)
– “Adventure Challenge” (cooperative journey hike featuring one or more skills)

Kids Helping Kids - Service Learning | October 21st & 23rd 10:00am-12:00pm

Part One:
October 21 10am-12pm
Community SchoolHouse will make blankets during this week, and we will donate those blankets to My Stuff Bags when we visit for our field trip.

Part Two:
October 23 10am-12pm
My Stuff Bags Warehouse Field Trip in Westlake Village. We will spend time putting bags together. Students get to create their own bags for the cause.

A donation of $10 per child is recommended for this field trip. All donations are gratefully appreciated by My Stuff Bags.

Presented by Camp Helping Hands

Animals Helping People - Service Learning | January 27th & 29th 1pm-3pm

Part One:
January 27 1pm-3pm
Presentation at school with service animals.

Part Two:
January 20 1pm-3pm
Field Trip to Guide Dogs of America in Sylmar. This field trip will utilize a bus or parent volunteers.

Guide Dogs of America is dedicated to its mission to provide guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women from the United States and Canada so that they may continue to pursue their goals with increased mobility and independence.

Presented by Camp Helping Hands

Paramount Ranch Field Trip | February 20, 2015 9:00am-3:00pm

Students will head to Paramount Ranch with NatureBridge, a nationally recognized environmental science education organization that is an official partner of the National Park Service. Students will hike and explore the habitats of Paramount Ranch with a skilled NatureBridge environmental science educator. A focus of the program will be the ecology of the chaparral, and will incorporate other topics that support students’ in-school curriculum. Students will experience time for educational games, reflection, and will develop socially as a group on their single-day field trip. A nature experience like no other for these lucky students!

Nature Bridge Overnight Camping Field Trip | March 11-13, 2015 (Grades 4-9th)

NatureBridge is a nonprofit organization that provides environmental education programs in six national park locations: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Channel Islands, and Prince William Forest.

Program Highlights:
• Climb Sandstone Peak (the highest peak in the Santa
Monica Mountains)
• Explore the watersheds and ponds of the Grotto Trail
• Study marine life in the tide pools of Leo Carrillo State Beach
• From litter analysis to water quality testing to compiling
data for the National Park Service, students develop a
passion for science and the environment that transforms
into lifelong stewardship and conservation
• Expand your Santa Monica Mountains program to include
an adventure to the Channel Islands and discover unique
geological features and endemic species found nowhere
else in the world.

Age Range: Grades 4th-9th

Cost: $225 per student (includes everything except transportation to and from the camping location)
Deposit of $50 is required by December 15th, 2014.

**This is a 3 day overnight camping experience in the Santa Monica Mountains for a maximum of 15 students. Space is limited to 15 students and 2 Community SchoolHouse chaperones. Chaperones are also required to pay a reduced fee for the overnight field trip.**

Feeding the Hungry Service Learning | March 24th & 26th 1pm-3pm

Part One:
March 24th 1pm-3pm
Hands-on project and presentation with FoodShare at the school.

Part Two:
March 26th 1pm-3pm
Building a garden at Community SchoolHouse

Presented by Camp Helping Hands

Tifa Chocolate | March 31, 2015 2:00-3:00pm

Students will make chocolate and learn all about the process of chocolate making. They will leave with a broader knowledge of the variants of chocolate available today and a better idea of their personal preferences. In general the United States population has had very little exposure to dark chocolate (as opposed to the milk chocolate we are used to seeing at the grocery markets and drug stores.) A general understanding of cacao content and the differences between white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate, flavored and filled chocolates, are easily understood and an understanding of these may be helpful in the future as greater accessibility to dark chocolates in the United States grows.

This will be a delicious event!

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