Marin Academy’s Outing Program epitomizes experiential education. Along with Minicourse, Vision Quest, day trips and hikes, MA students get outdoors into California’s mountains, deserts, and coastal waters—something MA has promoted since 1972. While the program has evolved over the years, its core values of experiencing nature, ecological knowledge, personal development, and stewardship remain the same.
Adventure and fun are powerful learning tools; small-group interactions in the outdoors contribute to students’ cognitive, physical, social, and emotional growth. Wilderness experiences actively promote, encourage, and develop perspective, compassion, balance, integrity, mindfulness, communication, and responsibility.
We backpack, ski, camp in the snow, hike on Mt. Tam, SCUBA dive, and kayak. And while some outings require experience, most are geared for beginning explorers. We plan developmentally-appropriate and valuable outings that offer manageable risk, natural beauty, and skills with which to engage our natural environment.