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Outdoor Science School a memorable experience for 5th graders

BVOSS 2013Between February and May, over 360 fifth graders from Bay View, Delaveaga, Gault and Westlake Elementary schools attended Outdoor Science School, a 4-day/3-night hands-on science experience. Each year, the Santa Cruz Education Foundation facilitates funding and scholarships to ensure that every 5th grader is able to attend regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Thanks to generous Foundation donors, the many business supporters of the program, school parent organizations and individual parents, nearly $90,000 was raised to meet this goal.


This Spring students stayed at Camp Campbell in Boulder Creek where they learned about the San Lorenzo watershed and explored redwood, mixed forest, chaparral and meadow ecosystems. Their hands-on field study included a long day hike and night hike where they applied sampling, measurement, observation and comparison skills to ecology and astronomy studies.

BV OSS13 CenterAccompanied by their classroom teachers and classmates, students gained not only a deeper understanding of science and the environment, but also reaped the many benefits of an independent away-from-home experience in a safe and supportive program.

The Santa Cruz Education Foundation is proud to support this meaningful and academically valuable program for all Santa Cruz City Schools fifth graders. We encourage you to support the many local businesses and thank the individuals that help to make Outdoor Science School possible:

Annieglass • Avatar Imports • Bay Federal Credit Union • Bay Plumbing and Supply • Big Creek Lumber • Bogner Sheet Metal • Bolton Hill Company • Bookshop Santa Cruz • Bosso Williams • Cardinal Construction • Cooper Street Hair Salon • David Lyng Real Estate • Dermatology Surgical and Medical Group • Cathleen Eckhardt • Gayle’s Bakery and Rosticceria • Hindquarter Bar & Grill • Ron Hirsch • Hoffman’s Downtown • Frederic H Jones, Inc • JV Tire and Auto Service • Knox Roofing • Larry’s Photography • Laurencin Personal Physicians • Lighthouse Bank • Brian Meridan, AIA • Mission Hill Creamery • New Leaf Community Markets • Palo Alto Medical Foundation • Plaza Lane Optometry • Pono Hawaiian Grill • Redtree Properties • Ristorante Avanti • Santa Cruz Home Finance • Santa Cruz Seaside Co • Shadowbrook Restaurant • Shoreline Property Management • Streetlight Records • Sunny Cove Motel • Sylvan Music • Thatcher & Thompson Architects • The Garden Company • Tom Ralston Concrete • Universal Audio • Walnut Avenue Cafe • Westside Beauty Supply • Westside Pharmacy • Zoccoli’s Deli