Revealing the Naturalist Intelligence through the Study of Nature

“The pattern recognizing talents of artists, poets, social scientists, and natural scientists are all built on the fundamental perceptual skills of the naturalist intelligence”Howard Gardner identifying the eighth form of intelligence in his recent book Intelligence Reframed


  1. How many chaperones should we bring?
    -Although the ratio of adults to students does vary slightly between our Northern California and Southern California sites, your best rule-of-thumb calculation is to provide ONE adult Chaperone for every ELEVEN students by gender.
  2. Can we bring more adults than are needed for chaperones?
    -Yes, we do allow for extra adults in most instances. Additional Adults are charged more than Chaperones and it is usually best to limit adult attendance to no more than ONE adult per FIVE students. Please check with us to make sure that there will be adequate housing for your Additional Adults during the week of your stay.
  3. What kind of housing is provided? Where do the students and the adults stay?
    -At our Northern California facility housing is in cabins. Chaperones stay with the students and we have separate cottages for additional adults and teachers. At our Southern California facility housing is in a combination of cabins and lodges so, the ratio of adults to students will vary based on the housing units assigned. Again, chaperones stay with the students and there are separate quarters for additional adults and teachers. At both facilities there are very clean bathroom and showering facilities adjacent to the housing units. All cabins, cottages, and bathroom/showering facilities have lighting and heat but, electrical outlets are limited. All students and adults are housed by gender with separate housing for boys and girls.
  4. What is the ratio of Instructors to students? How many students per class?
    -Students are divided into two different groups upon arrival: 1) a Housing Group and, 2) an Activity Group. As stated earlier the Housing Groups will vary slightly but on average there are ELEVEN students in each housing unit. The Activity Groups will average 15 to 20 students, depending upon the total number of students in attendance, with ONE Instructor assigned for each class. We request that at least TWO adults from your school accompany each activity group to their various classes and activities. It is best if these groups are organized prior to your arrival. . We do not combine students from different schools into activity groups or housing groups.
  5. Is Wi-Fi and/or Cell Phone coverage available at camp?
    -Cell phone availability is extremely limited at our Northern California facility but is readily available at our Southern California camp. Wi-Fi is readily available at both facilities. Students should not bring cell phones, or electronic games, with them at either location.
  6. What about food allergies and special dietary needs?
    -Although our ability to provide special diet items is limited we can provide vegetarian dishes and gluten-free items with your prior request. Your Coordinator’s Packet includes an Arrival Data Sheet that provides space to indicate any special dietary needs that you may have. Be sure to review this topic with your students and to contact us with this information in advance of your scheduled visit. In extreme cases, it is best for the student to come with their own specialty food items. We can provide safe, refrigerated, storage for special foods brought from home.
  7. How are medical emergencies handled?
    -We require each school to designate one adult as the First Aid Emergency Person. This person should be carefully chosen as one able to handle medical issues. All of our staff are Red Cross CPR and First Aid certified however, in the event of an injury or medical issue, once the situation has been stabilized we will turn over control to the designated First Aid Emergency Person from the school. In the case of major injury, or medical issues, the parents of the student will be notified. We do have separate “Infirmary” housing for injured, or ill, students at both our Northern and Southern California facilities and professional medical care is available within 30 minutes of each camp. All first aid and emergency medical procedures are covered in detail, with all adults in attendance, during the first orientation meeting after your arrival.
  8. What about parents that want to visit their student at camp?
    -With prior approval we do allow for visits from parents during the day. These visits must be pre-approved so that the arrival of visitors is not disruptive to the schedule. Visitors may stay for up to 5 hours and may share a meal with the students. The fee for visitor’s meals is $8, to be paid prior to the visitor’s departure.
  9. Can students bring cameras or other electronic devices?
    -We strongly encourage picture taking but, it is best for students to bring the disposable-type cameras. Students are outside most of the time, and very active. An expensive camera can easily be lost or damaged. We request that all other electronic devices be left at home. Cell phone coverage is spotty and when available would become a major distraction to class activity (as would all other devices); the likelihood of a student cell phone, or other device, becoming lost or damaged is high.
  10. Should we bring a First Aid Kit and what about insect repellant?
    -We will have First Aid Kits available at camp for minor injury. In addition, all Chaperone Backpacks will include band aids and hand sanitizer along with the Student Journals. It is advisable for students to pack insect repellant with them, especially during the spring months, and sun screen for late spring and early fall. There is a “List of What to Bring” included in your Coordinator’s Packet.
  11. Do you provide “Family Camp” programs for families?
    -Yes, we do offer Family Camp Programs. These programs allow for the full family to attend: parents with children Pre-School through High School are encouraged to attend. The pace and programming are altered to allow full participation for all family members. We have a variety
    of housing options for this kind of programming. Please refer to our Home School and Charter School links to find a description of our Family Camp programming.