Outdoor Education at Chadwick School
Chadwick’s outdoor education program is closely tied to the school’s mission of developing “global citizens with keen minds, exemplary character, self-knowledge and the ability to lead.” Through experiential learning in wilderness areas of the outdoors, students develop their leadership and team-building skills while learning about themselves, about others and about the world around them.
The program is mandatory in Grades 3 through 12, and becomes increasingly challenging as each year progresses. Specific objectives are set for each course, as students prepare for their senior trip — a 21-day backpacking expedition in the Sierras that includes three days of monitored solitude.
Chadwick’s outdoor education program uses the outdoors as a medium for learning, allowing students to:
- Develop independence through self-confidence, self-direction and self-knowledge
- Sharpen their reflective and critical-thinking skills
- Enhance their appreciation of, and respect for, the natural environment
- Discover personal strengths
- Learn how to be effective leaders and cooperative team members
Detailed information about all Outdoor Education trips can be found in the 2017-18 Outdoor Education Catalog.
All outdoor education instructors are certified in CPR and as Wilderness First Responders, and many have worked for prominent organizations such as Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School. Chadwick’s outdoor education program is one of only seven of its kind to be accredited by the Association for Experiential Education.
Chadwick School operates under a U.S. Forest Service
special use permit in the Inyo, Sequoia, and Sierra National Forests.