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Outdoor Education

Beverly Vista seventh graders have a fabulous educational opportunity each fall. They may attend the Catalina Island Marine Institute this year from October 25 - 27, 2017 to study marine biology, oceanography, and island ecology. Students explore various plants and animals of the marine environment through hands-on laboratory activities, and by snorkeling in the clear and calm coastal waters.

The Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) has been in operation for over twenty years. Their facilities at Toyon Bay include dormitories, a dining hall, research boats, and classrooms complete with aquariums, video-microscopes, and other specialized equipment. Students do not need any prior training or experience to participate in the activities. The staff at CIMI will provide all of the instruction and equipment needed.
This year Beverly Vista’s Outdoor Education Program to Yosemite National Park for 8th graders will take place February 5 - 9, 2018. Students spend part of the time in Yosemite Valley and the remainder at other locations within the park.

The Yosemite Institute offers an outstanding program. Daytime excursions, led by Institute instructors and accompanied by Beverly Vista teachers, enable students to learn about the history of Yosemite National Park, Native American culture, preservation of the environment, local flora and fauna and provide opportunities for creative expression, photography, and first-hand observation of the unique geologic phenomena.

Evening activities are arranged by the Institute staff and Beverly Vista faculty and can include additional instruction, astronomy hikes and ice skating. This experience also provides an unusual opportunity for the interaction of students with each other and with teachers which can have a very positive carry-over to the school environment. Since the outdoor education program cuts across all subject areas, it provides a wonderful intellectual experience as well.