The Colby Ranch Outdoor Science School is operated by the Los Angeles County Office of Education. We provide environmental science education for 5th and 6th graders in a residential camp setting. Visiting schools come for a 4-5 day program where the students explore an outdoor classroom in the San Gabriel mountains. The science content is taught by experienced naturalists and students stay in cabins overnight.
We focus on teaching state science standards through hands-on learning while exposing students to new social settings, exploring different environments, and providing them with new experiences. Students leave the program with a new sense of personal responsibility, independence and understanding of the natural world around them.
To serve more students in our community, the Los Angeles County Office of Education runs school-year programs from two locations – Colby Ranch and in the mountains at Wrightwood.