CYO Outdoor Environmental Education
Catholic Charities CYO Camp Environmental Education Programs offer a unique combination of science curriculum aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards retreat style activities and group challenges for classes of students grades 5-8. Our diverse educational programs allow schools the flexibility to choose from a broad spectrum of curriculum options. Three, four and five day experiences are available to emphasize the spiritual, social and academic development of your students.
Catholic Charities CYO Camp and Retreat Center is a fully equipped facility located in the heart of West Sonoma County. The comfortable facilities rests in the middle of a 215 acre mixed redwood forest, including meadows, creeks, and a beautiful lake for canoeing and exploration. Students sleep in modern heated cabins and teachers enjoy charming accommodations in a two-unit townhouse. Located only 60 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, CYO Camp is easily assessable from all regions of the Bay Area.
Caritas Creek at CYO Camp engages young people in an inquiry-based program to explore the natural world to build community with others and develop self-reflection and communication skills. Working in small groups through a carefully crafted, experiential program, students are empowered to share their discoveries with one another. Students return to their school and home communities understanding their responsibilities as peacemakers and as ecological stewards.
CYO Outdoor Environmental Education presents a curriculum that is strongly integrated with schools’ science classes and is aligned with the California K-12 curriculum guidelines. The Outdoor Environmental Education program provides an opportunity for students to observe, explore, and discover in our outdoor classroom, as our staff facilitate learning through ecological studies, games and activities. CYO Camp supports teachers by complementing classroom instruction and enabling students to develop positive self-concepts and peer relationships that transfer back to the classroom.