Education Outside the Classroom

Current educational research indicates that connections with the natural world increase children’s ability to learn and also improve self-esteem and social behavior. Recent studies also show that spending time outdoors increases memory up to 20%. Meaningful outdoor experiences are a powerful tool for lifelong impact and learning.


With a staff of nearly 50 seasoned outdoor educators, on our way to official certification from AEE (Association of Experiential Education), and a passion for experiential learning and environmental stewardship, Positive Adventures is at the top of the class when it comes to Outdoor Education.


We specialize in outdoor multi day and overnight programs using customized curriculum to build leadership and provide tools for healthy lifestyle choices.  With a sterling record of safety, comprehensive risk management policies and ongoing trainings and continuing education for our staff, Positive Adventures will provide a trip of a lifetime for students and teachers.  Staff are Livescanned, CPR/1st Aid certified, belay certified and led by senior staff possessing Wilderness First Responder certifications, American Mountain Guide Association certifications, advanced degrees and medical training.         

Positive Adventures outdoor courses are generally conducted “Expedition Style.” In other words, Positive Adventures Field Staff, client participants and chaperones are expected to contribute to the well-being of the entire group. Positive Adventures Field Staff lead by example and actively encourage everyone to participate in common duties (e.g. cooking, cleaning up, helping to lead hikes and generally watching out for themselves and each other). We like to think of this idea as being an extension of the community that we comprise when we unite to attain common goals.

Central Coast Programs

The unique environments of the Monterey Peninsula, Big Sur coast and Ventana wilderness set the tone for the Coastal Mountain Base Camp or Backpacking program. The experiential program allows students to learn as a result of direct, hands-on guided exploration through the ruggedly beautiful terrain of the northern Santa Lucia Mountains, the diverse flora of the Big Sur coast, and the tranquil beauty of Monterey Bay.

Southern California Beaches

Positive Adventures offers youth programs which include surf, retreats, outdoor education, and leadership development programs. Each day, the salty ocean breeze blows the sand into new patterns outside your cabin or tent. In the evening, you’ll fall asleep to the pulse of the pounding surf.

Big Bear Retreats

Our Big Bear Retreat locations lie two hours east of Los Angeles and just minutes from Big Bear Lake. Positive Adventures programs and activities include canoeing, hiking, high and low ropes course challenges, archery, zip lining, environmental education, leadership initiatives and more!

Joshua Tree

The desert fauna of Joshua Tree National Park provides the backdrop for our unique Desert Introduction Program. Students are exposed to intricate living systems in the California desert environment that offer a wide variety of learning opportunities. This program is an excellent introduction to outdoor living as it provides a reasonable level of challenge with a high level of comfort.


Many excellent camping areas are nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains at an elevation of 5, 200 ft. just east of Hemet, California. There are options for tent camping, cabin stays and even a beautiful conference center as well as a summer camp. This area has a diverse ecosystem that allows the teaching of many eco-concepts such as adaptation and interrelatedness that lends itself to natural history interpretation.

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

The landscape of the Jennie Lakes Wilderness area is located near Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park at the crest of the Sierra Nevada and testifies to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity. With unsurpassed views, lush green meadows, alpine lakes and stream all nestled between forested ridges, this is the perfect setting for an outdoor education program.

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