The Malibu Outdoor Science School …

The Malibu 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 on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. 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 – Malibu and in the mountains at Wrightwood.



Real Science!

“It impressed me to see the scientific method employed in the lessons. The naturalists are professional and very well prepared. Students thoroughly enjoyed collecting data using various methods and discussing the results. I understand that the data collected will be used in an actual scientific study.”

— Susan H., principal.

2,000 stars, super quiet.

“In my visit to Outdoor Science School I learned that when you pay attention to the things around you, you notice a lot! I noticed that OSS is different from LA. For instance, you can see 2,000 stars from here and it's super quiet.”

— Aujene, student.

Memorable week for my students.

“I have led trips with my students to the Outdoor Science School for the past 24 years. I have heard from former students who are now adults that their week at OSS was the most memorable week in their entire school career. ”

—Joe R., teacher



Standards-based, hands-on science is waiting.

Teachers, call now to reserve your space: 562-922-6330