Outdoor Learning is a fundamental part of our program. We believe the Outdoors nurtures children’s social, physical and intellectual growth by providing a space designed for imagination, exploration, adventure and wonder. In addition to our recently renovated outdoor space, which frames and unifies our campus to provide all our students the irreplaceable benefits of daily time outdoors, Sea Crest takes full advantage of our wonderful location and uses the entire San Mateo County coast as an outdoor classroom. Students regularly visit the beach, area nature reserves, and even go on overnight trips to develop classroom community and explore life science up close and personal.
Some highlights of Sea Crest’s outdoor education curriculum include:
- Kindergarten conducts and annual tadpole to frog lifecycle study
- First grade studies local farms, grows vegetables in our own garden and hosts a Farmer's Market in Spring
- Third grade studies local wetlands and wildlife with regular visits to Half Moon Bay State Beach
- Fifth graders study the lifecycle and migration of Elephant Seals at Año Nuevo State Park and lead the school’s efforts to reduce waste and recycle, with visits to local landfills
- Sixth grade studies ocean conservation with the Marine Mammal Center
- Middle school annual outdoor trips