Home > High School > Outdoor Education > Beyond the Classroom

Beyond the Classroom

“Beyond the Classroom” extends learning opportunities through off-campus adventures. Each trip provides a unique context in which students encounter experiential-based learning and participate in conversations of significance. A variety of activities are offered, and though the trip itineraries are diverse, a common curriculum and themed activities unify the program. We believe the potential for student growth in an environment beyond the classroom is so important that we view these experiences as a cornerstone of Providence. It is the school’s expectation that all students will participate in one trip each academic year. Graduates will have completed several distinct and memorable experiences alongside their peers and faculty. 

New trips and experiences are planned every year, to suit the interests and goals of Providence students.

Sample Trip Descriptions

Inspiration Point Hike 
A day hike for sixth-grade students, guided by Providence Middle School faculty, to get to know each other and to learn and experience lessons from the great outdoors.

Hollister Ranch Surf Trip 
Participants on this Upper School trip get the privilege of surfing at one of the most exclusive spots in Southern California. The proximity of this one-night trip allows for two full days of surfing and exploring the rugged coastline east of Point Conception. Prior surfing experience is required and the trip is limited to six participants.

Alabama Hills Rock Climbing 
This trip visits the iconic Eastern Sierra region, where students camp within sight of Mt. Whitney. The Alabama Hills have provided the backdrop for hundreds of Hollywood films and offer incredible rock climbing routes for all abilities. In addition to rock climbing, participants explore the Whitney Portal area and even hike up the beginning of the Mt. Whitney trail. Camping is at the Tuttle Creek Campground.

Morro Bay Multi-Sport
The itinerary for this adventure is ideal for students who have a diversity of outdoor interests, and appreciate the comfort and convenience of car camping. The unique geology of Morro Bay provides a perfect setting for exploring land and sea. The first day includes a hike and rock scramble to the top of Cerro Cabrillo. On day two, students kayak across the harbor to the dunes of Morro Bay State Park and challenge their strength, balance, and courage with technical rock climbing on nearby sandstone crags. The final day involves surfing and other beach activities.

Kern River Rafting
This trip visits the Kern River for water-based adventures and rock climbing.  One the first day the group hikes to a natural rock water slide. On the second day, they will be challenged by Class III whitewater rafting and kayaking. The itinerary for the third day involves technical rock climbing on the incredible granite crags near the river. Camping is at the Fairview campsite on the banks of the Kern River.


All trips are led by experienced Providence faculty members.

Students will be provided with a detailed packing list.