Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most common questions parents ask about Outdoor Science School. You can click on blue text, including titles, to get expanded or detailed information for each topic.

What should my child bring/pack?
Great question!  We, like you, want to make sure that your child has everything they need for a successful week at Outdoor Science School. Click here to view a complete packing list. In the event that your child does not have a winter jacket, snow boots, or a sleeping bag, we have these items available to borrow.

What will my child do during the evening?
Every evening is packed with activities and all students are supervised 24 hours each day. Click here to see the Evening Programs. Click here to see a sample Daily Schedule.

What are the bus departure and arrival times to and from school?
Please contact your school's teacher to inquire about bus departure and arrival times.

What is the cost?
Our costs vary and do change. Please contact your child’s school to inquire about the cost of Outdoor School and what scholarships or fundraising opportunities may be available. For current Outdoor Science School costs please call 562-922-6330. 

Who are the outdoor science school teachers?
Would you like to know who will be teaching your child during Outdoor School week? Our excellent staff are well-trained and experienced in teaching students in the outdoors. You can read their short biographies on the Colby Ranch Staff page.

How close are you to emergency services?
A fire station with paramedics is just 2 miles away.

Will my child be safe?
Safety is our #1 priority at Outdoor Science School.  All Colby Ranch Outdoor Science School staff have extensive experience leading trail groups as well as First Aid and CPR certifications, and emergency services are just blocks away. 

Can I talk to my child by phone during the week? Or can my child telephone me?
Our no-phone-call policy helps us keep students engaged in the activities during their 4 short days at Outdoor School. Similar to a site visit, a phone conversation can often be distracting, which will lead to your child missing out on many wonderful experiences. Please help us make the week successful for everyone by respecting our no-phone call rule at Outdoor School. Classroom teachers will contact parents as soon as possible if any significant problems occurs with any student, so parents should understand that “no news is definitely good news” during the week.

Can my child bring a cell phone?
We ask that students do not bring cell phones to Outdoor School.  If they do, they may be collected on Monday by classroom teachers and returned Friday when they depart.