During a 5-day program six of the following twelve courses can be taught. In a 4-day program, four or five can be taught. Courses are chosen by your school.

4 Day Schedule (pdf) 5 Day Schedule (pdf)

Available Classes


Giant Sequoia“Walk in the Sequoia woods at any time of the year and you will say they are the most majestic on earth.” ~John Muir These trees are special because they are among the largest and oldest living things on earth. Nelder Grove’s “Shadow of the Giants” Trail is the outdoor classroom for this opportunity to learn about the ecology of the sequoias, man’s impact on these trees, our responsibility as stewards, and to simply experience their immensity and majesty.

Giant Sequoia Curriculum (PDF)

Group Initiatives/LeadershipStudents participate in a series of physically active/challenging problem-solving scenarios that require leadership, communication, team work, trust, interdependence, and cooperation. Skills and strategies developed can last a lifetime.

Group Initiatives/Leadership Curriculum (PDF)
Logging and Forestry Trees are a natural, renewable resource widely utilized by man. They are also a resource that has, at times, been overused, and poorly managed. This course introduces students to the different species of trees found in the mixed coniferous forests of the Sierra Nevada, their uses, past and present logging practices, and the conservation and wise management of our forests.

Logging & Forestry Curriculum (PDF)

Miwok IndiansThe earliest inhabitants of this area lived a much different lifestyle than we live now. Students will visit our replica of a Miwok village and participate in a number of activities that introduce them to the culture and life of these early Sierrans. They will gain insight and understanding into the practices that enabled the Miwok to live in this area for at least several thousand years.

Miwok Curriculum (PDF)

Nature Trek Calvin Crest has a wonderful variety of habitats, each unique in its characteristics. Students will visit riparian, forest, meadow, pond, and chaparral habitats, observing the plant and wildlife species that characterize each. They will learn about the “Web of Life” that so accurately depicts the interdependence evident in the world around us, and in fact, includes us.

Nature Trek Curriculum (PDF)
Orienteering Students will learn how to use a compass, what declination is, and how to travel from one place to another without the use of signs or maps. The activities in this class prepare them for the final event, a mini-orienteering course during which they find their way through the forest using their compass and the knowledge they’ve gained.

Orienteering Curriculum (PDF)
The Sierra Nevada is a granite batholith over 400 miles long. What does that mean? How does it have an impact on our lives? What role does water play in weathering, erosion, and deposition? Why is the Central Valley such an incredibly flat region, surrounded as it is by the Coast Range and the Sierra? These questions and more, such as, “What are the three main types of rock – and how is each type formed? What’s the difference between chemical and physical weathering?” will be dealt with in this class. Students will explore a mass wasting site, see geological forces in action, as well as observe how water has been powerfully involved in the shaping of these mountains. They will see how the shape of the mountains determines where the water flows. They will learn how vital the Sierra Nevada is to the 38 million people living in California. Rocks rock!!!

Rock Your World Curriculum (PDF)
SurvivalThe word has negative connotations! We’ve all seen too many movies, heard too many stories about the tragic consequences of survival situations. The goal of this course is to teach students how to use common sense, proper preparation/good planning, and a positive attitude to avoid survival situations in the first place. Additionally, the course teaches survival skills (should they become necessary), such as obtaining water and food, constructing a shelter, fire-building techniques (and how to be sure a fire is out), signaling for help, determining direction without a map or compass, and how to plan for survival.

Survival Curriculum (PDF)