Explore the wilderness of Los Angeles county in this outdoor education course. The region’s oceans, mountains, canyons, and rivers will be your classroom as you learn how to hike the outdoors using only essential supplies with minimal impact. This is an opportunity to learn about local ecosystems and develop a stronger relationship with nature. Students will develop basic survival skills, such as firecraft, shelter-building, navigation, and knot-tying. You will learn about finding nutrition for sustenance and procuring water when resources are limited. We will have an opportunity to hone these skills first-hand in a local campground setting at the Wildwood recreation area. Team-work, planning, adaptability and improvisation will be critical to this experience. Students, as team members, will have a key responsibility in the whole group’s success. Prior hiking experience is helpful, not required–but an open mind, patience, perseverance, and tolerance for others are essential.