For many years, fifth and sixth grade students from this area have had the opportunity to study natural science as well as creative writing, art, and social sciences, during a week-long field trip to Woodleaf Outdoor School.  Beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, the outdoor program is called Shady Creek Outdoor School.  Located 45 miles northeast of Marysville at an elevation on 2300' in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Shady Creek is an ideal spot for outdoor education.

For many years, fifth and sixth grade students from this area have had the opportunity to study natural science as well as creative writing, art, and social sciences, during a week-long field trip to Woodleaf Outdoor School.  Beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, the outdoor program is called Shady Creek Outdoor School.  Located 45 miles northeast of Marysville at an elevation on 2300' in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Shady Creek is an ideal spot for outdoor education.


The natural environment of Shady Creek Outdoor school provides a different kind of classroom.  Students learn not only from instruction, but also through direct experience and observation.  Conservation, ecology, environmental relationships, and natural resources are some of the subjects taught at Shady Creek.


In addition to their science classes, each student will take part in a unit on outdoor safety and wilderness survival.  This joint thrust toward a study of the environment and of outdoor safety makes the Shady Creek Program unique, even among other outdoor education programs in California.


Shady Creek is not all class work!  Classes are conducted by teachers with the help of Shady Creek's naturalists from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.  Following classes, a great variety of recreational programs are offered, including swimming (during the warmer weeks), orienteering, field sports, hiking, arts and crafts, and many special Shady Creek games such as “Black Bart Ball”.


As the students live and work together, guided by their teachers and counselors, they are responsible for their behavior, making friends, helping to keep their cabin neat and clean, making their beds, setting tables, and other chores.  These daily chores and challenges have proven to be a valuable educational experience for attending pupils.  Year after year, our evaluations from pupils and teachers indicate their trip to Shady Creek is one of high points of their entire school experience.