Our standard 5-day outdoor science school program runs like a typical school week, Monday through Friday. We also offer a 4-day alternative learning program. During this week, the children learn about botany, geology, astronomy, meteorology and the water cycle, ecology, habitats and adaptations, energy and conservation in an outdoor school setting. Each science activities unit is based on the State Board of Education Science Framework. Three Oaks OSS utilizes the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in our lessons taught out on the trails. We offer a vegetarian entrée at all meals and we work with the families of students with more severe dietary restrictions.
The kids receive school credit for participating in this exciting outdoor science camp program. Their normal classroom teachers accompany the students on this science camp for kids trip which creates some wonderful bonding opportunities. Our outdoor science school cabin leaders meet the students as soon as they arrive and the week is off and running to a great start. The boys sleep in cabins in their own area and the girls in theirs, All students will experience a dance party and staff performed skit night on the first night of camp. Students attending only 4 days will also have an astronomy hike on their first night.
On the first night of science camp; all the students are entertained by the staff as they perform skits where they dress up in crazy costumes and act silly as different characters. This breaks the ice and sets the tone for the week and is also a preview of what the students will be asked to do on Thursday night where their cabin group will get up on the stage with a skit that they create on their own and entertain the entire camp. Students will also enjoy a dance activity on the 5 day program whereas students on a 4 day program will see skits and go on an astronomy hike.
Mealtime is when all trail groups come together as a school. We serve three square meals; Breakfast is at 8 am, Lunch is 12:30 pm and Dinner at 5:30 pm. Only the purest and best food is served to your children at our outdoor school. We also offer vegetarian options and specially prepared meals designed to accommodate food allergies. Our program is at Three Oaks Camp and at Pinecrest Conference Center. For additional information about the second location for our outdoor science school program, Pinecrest Conference Center, visit their website at www.pinecrest-ccc.com.
Three Oaks Outdoor Science School, Inc. is an outdoor education or science camp for middle school aged children located in the San Bernardino National Forest. We may be a new organization, but we are the same program which has been operating consecutively since 1940. We started as Camp Owango operating out of Running Springs, California just up the road from where we are now. In June 1991, it was sold and renamed Lake Arrowhead Ranch Corp. In July 2019, Arrowhead Ranch was sold to long time managers Charlie and Paige – where we renamed the program, Three Oaks OSS!