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Seashore, River & Lake Environments

Seashore, River & Lake Environments
Water is our life resource and gaining a better understanding of its significant role is important to our survival. Although, most people don’t think about where their water comes from or how it arrived, we provide students with the ability to gain a better understanding through our teaching in experiential education. While students may not understand how water moves between the oceans and the land through the water cycle, a canoeing or kayaking activity on the ocean or in an estuary, students will be in the ideal setting to learn about water, the cycle, how to protect this resource that is significant for survival.

Sample Activities
Activities offered vary by specific itinerary and may include the following:

  • Sea kayaking by rookeries, sandy shores and cliffs
  • River canoeing
  • Guided natural history and ecology hikes
  • Explorations of sea arches by kayak
  • Lessons in biology, geology, weather and marine science
  • Team-building initiatives and group development challenges
  • Lessons in biology, geology, weather and aquatic and marine science
  • Low ropes and high ropes Challenge Courses
  • Sea kayaking along the Pacific coastline
  • Bicycling on the bike paths and coastal trails
  • Tide-pooling and intertidal zone investigations
  • Camp-out option
  • Journal writing and creative assignments
  • Service learning projects
  • Early morning sunrise hikes, stretch circles or yoga
  • Small group presentations
  • Exploration of native and endemic species
  • Free time, recreation and fun games
  • Environmental awareness games and lessons
  • Classes in outdoor survival skills, cultural history, native plant use, and many more

Evening programs occur in large groups or smaller “trail groups” and may include:

  • Campfires with skits, songs, stories and s’mores
  • Town Hall environmental resource use discussion
  • Astronomy observation and lessons
  • Native American myths and stories
  • Council meeting and group topical discussions
  • Talent show and “coffeehouse” discussion
  • Night-hikes focusing on nocturnal animal adaptations.

Learning activities are presented in a variety of formats throughout the program and are experiential in nature. Lessons are planned to be stimulating and challenging. Instructors give participants the tools to promote personal discovery and self-direction in learning, while supporting learners with information about the topics being explored. A thoughtfully developed progression of hands-on learning, structured lessons, experiential outdoor activities and free time is provided to maximize learning and craft a positive, memorable experience.

Samples of water based environment program areas include:

Colorado River
The Colorado River Flatwater Canoeing Program offers a quality outdoor education experience in the grandeur and world-class wilderness of the lower Colorado River. This stretch of river, in the Black Canyon region below Hoover Dam, is a spectacular outdoor setting and fantastic location for experiential education courses.

The river sections Boojum’s participants travel include blue-green water flowing between tall canyon walls, mysterious side canyons with hot springs and hot waterfalls, ancient petroglyphs and expansive sandy beaches for comfortable tent camping. The trip generally covers 15 to 30 river miles, with three to seven miles paddled each day. The program is run expedition-style, with downriver travel each day and camping at a new beach location every night. The program generally starts with an afternoon of canoe skills training on Lake Mead prior to put-in. Program elements include expeditionary canoeing, hiking up pristine winding canyons and group activities at the campsites. The desert and riparian ecosystems—one hot and dry, the other cool and lush—offer a study in ecological contrasts and an unparalleled opportunity for group adventures and environmental education.

The Colorado River’s desert-river combination, enhanced by the petroglyphs, canyon exploration and hot springs, offers an outdoor adventure that’s hard to find anywhere else. In addition to the wilderness environment and unique set of ecosystems, the Colorado River program offers a sense of adventure with the comfort of canoe-camping. Coolers of fresh food and an ever-flowing river that carries you and your gear downstream help make this a comfortable excursion and the perfect atmosphere in which to focus on group and personal goals.

Coastal California
The coastal zones of California offer a fascinating array of plant and animal ecology that is unique to the world. Coastal mountain ranges and inland waterways are explored during our sea kayaking and coastal ecology programs. Groups will experience a wide range of life zones and habitats while diverse ecological concepts are taught and explored!

All of our coastal ecology programs have several built in risk-management protocols in order to lessen the risk involved in outdoor activity lessons and programs that we offer. At the beginning of the course participants are given specific guidelines regarding appropriate behavior in relation to vegetation, terrain, and wildlife. For programs involving kayaking, participants are guided by local experts in both natural history and risk management of the local area. A Boojum instructor is present with each group while participating in all activities. All Boojum instructors are certified with a minimum Wilderness First Aid and CPR.

Channel Islands National Park

With a landscape covering more than 12,000 years of human history, Channel Island National Park is the perfect location for your next program. Over the centuries people have been attracted to this oasis for many reasons and there is no surprise why. Whether you want to investigate the shores where Europeans once landed or relive the lives of native Chumash our trained instructors will provide a valuable learning experience for your group. As the islands change due to natural elements and human impact our instructors will guide participants in minimum impact group travel while hiking classic trails which begin in coastal forests and wind down through numerous ecological zones to the Pacific Ocean. Time will be spent participating in a variety of initiative activities designed to foster positive group dynamics and teach important problem solving skills. Our Channel Island programs are designed to offer a full array of environmental study opportunities and the classic group dynamics elements offered during every Boojum program!

Our program begins with a ferry ride from Ventura, California, to Santa Cruz Island through sparkling waters where seals, dolphins, seabirds and even whales may be sighted. The Island, over 22 miles long, offers over 60,000 acres of pristine wilderness laced with hiking trails, scenic bluff vistas, and a unique ecology with endemic species found nowhere else in the world. We explore the land and sea environments by Scorpion Bay and Potato Harbor through hiking, beach combing, and kayaking. Boojum’s Santa Cruz Island experience offers adventurous sea kayaking along towering cliffs and through arches, where participants can explore the ocean-land interface from aboard their kayaks.

Boojum’s Channel Islands Sea kayaking experience offers an exploration of coastal ecology, island biogeography and a stunning landscape that’s a powerful, memorable educational experience for all. Supported by Boojum’s experienced guides, participants learn about themselves, each other and the natural world in a truly unique and remarkable location.

Point Reyes National Seashore

With over 5000 years of cultural history and over 1500 different species of plants and animals to search for, Point Reyes National Seashore is the best place for your next outdoor education program to take place. By enhancing leadership skills, improving group cooperation, and overcoming personal challenges, participants will develop a strong sense of accomplishment and build self-esteem. Participants will feel a strong sense of place through cultural and environmental lessons taught by our trained staff and will have an experience of a life time traveling through one of the hidden wonders of our nation. The Outdoor Adventures by Boojum works non-stop to enhance the performance of individuals, teams, and organizations. Our programs are based on the concept that critical learning comes through direct experiences. All of our programs seek to add value to organizations and assist individuals to reach their highest potential through effective facilitation of those experiences.

Boojum’s Point Reyes Sea Kayaking Expedition offers an exploration of coastal ecology, rare and unique plant and animal life, and a peaceful, beautiful landscape that’s a powerful, memorable educational experience for all. Supported by Boojum’s experienced staff, participants learn about themselves, each other and the natural world in a truly unique and remarkable location.

Big Sur
From beaches to mountains Big Sur has one of the most dramatic landscapes in all of California. The magnificent coastal scenery accompanied with amazing tree lined valleys will allow your group to truly get lost in the serenity of nature. The program would begin with morning greeting from the Boojum staff then quickly moves into preparation for entering the water. Students will learn how to paddle and stay safe on the water. Groups will paddle through sparkling waters where seals, dolphins, seabirds and even whales may be sighted. We explore the land and sea environments through hiking, beach combing, and kayaking!

The Big Sur base-camp programs take place in state parks along the Big Sur Coast and in the Ventana area of the Los Padres National Forest south of Santa Cruz, California. They introduce students to one of the country’s greatest natural and cultural resources and offers excellent opportunities for studies in mountain ecology, national lands management and landscape geography. They also offer exceptional and inspirational outdoor experiences which provide students with the opportunity for personal reflection and growth.

Pt. Lobos State Reserve
Often called “The Crown Jewel of the State Park System” Point Lobos State Reserve would be the best place for a long lasting memorable experience for your group. Located on the central coast of California in Monterey County you will find the entrance three miles south of Carmel on Highway 1. Rare plant communities, endangered archeological sites, unique geological formations, and incredibly rich flora and fauna of both land and sea will make Point Lobos a great outdoor classroom for your group. Boojum will provide all basecamp equipment and offer a truly amazing outdoor program that explores coves and rolling meadows. Right offshore you will find one of the world’s richest underwater habitats. Wildlife includes migrating gray whales, seals, sea otters, and sea lions. Various species of seabirds also make the reserve their abode.

El Capitan State Park
Participants will experience personal growth through this uniquely designed program that encourages positive group dynamics and develops a sense of trust amongst team members. Groups will get up close and personal to nature as they explore and learn about coastal history, local wildlife, and have fun while they do it! Boojum’s Coastal California experiences offer an exploration of not only coastal ecology but do it in a stunning landscape that’s a powerful and memorable educational experience for all. Supported by Boojum’s experienced guides, participants learn about themselves, each other and the natural world in a truly unique and remarkable location.

Sunset Beach State Park
Located 16 miles south of Santa Cruz via Highway 1 and San Andreas Road, Sunset Beach is a magnificent area for an educational or outdoor recreation focused program to be had. Sunset Beach State Park offers plenty of shade with its plentiful pine trees, and spectacular sites of mountainous sand dunes. The comfortable, low-stress camp environment helps participants focus on the learning activities at hand. A myriad of activities ensure that students will experience a diversity of compelling and interesting curriculum options and that the course can be tailored precisely to your needs. The structured, established campground setting offers the perfect atmosphere in which to focus on group and personal development and meet partner goals.

Malibu Creek State Beach

The Outdoor Adventures by Boojum’s Malibu Creek Basecamp Program offers a spectacular outdoor education experience in the leafy stream-sides, oak and sycamore woodlands and chaparral-covered slopes. Malibu Creek State Park’s 10,000 acres of rugged, pristine land was once a Chumash native location and now an attractive mix of meadows, hills, stream, cliffs and forest. This area is rich in both natural and human history, and is an excellent location for outdoor studies.

The program location offers a great diversity of activities, from hiking and rock-climbing to natural history studies and rousing campfires. The mild climate and diversity of ecosystems make this an ideal location for environmental education, team-building and outdoor adventures. Comfortable campground sites with bathrooms, showers, picnic tables and incredible scenic views enchant visitors to the park. Students splash in the creek, encounter geology first-hand while rock climbing and explore rolling meadows and forest trails.

This beautiful, expansive location is close to Los Angeles, yet offers the feeling of a pristine wild land. Thirty miles of hiking trails, the variety of natural areas and the opportunities for exploration, adventure and discovery make programs at this enchanting location a memorable experience for all.

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Boojum’s Coastal California Sea Kayaking outdoor education experience offers a quality, custom-designed group experience in an unforgettably spectacular location. Join Boojum’s experienced staff in this magical course area along the shoreline of California for the learning adventure of a lifetime!

Our program begins with a morning greeting from the Boojum staff then quickly moves into preparation for entering the water. Students will learn how to paddle and stay safe on the water. Groups will paddle through sparkling waters where seals, dolphins, seabirds and even whales may be sighted. We explore the land and sea environments through hiking, beach combing, and kayaking.

Boojum’s Coastal California sea kayaking experience offers an exploration of coastal ecology and a stunning landscape that’s a powerful, memorable educational experience for all. Supported by Boojum’s experienced guides, participants learn about themselves, each other and the natural world in a truly unique and remarkable location.

California Coast Residential Programs:

The Outdoor Adventures by Boojum’s California Coast Residential Program offers a quality outdoor education experience set amidst the beautiful rolling hills, pristine oak woodlands, lush canyon bottoms, and Pacific Ocean environment of California’s coast. This area is rich in both natural and human history and is an excellent location for outdoor studies.

The camps Boojum has selected for our California Coast programs offer the comfort of a residential camp setting in a spectacular outdoor setting. Our facilities offer heated, comfortable cabins or dormitories for participants. Full bathrooms with flush toilets, running water and showers are available. Participants eat hearty meals in a comfortable setting and break-out rooms are available for a variety of indoor activities. Hiking trails, low and high ropes Challenge Course events, campfire areas, tidepooling, bicycling and sea kayaking may be made available for participants. A variety of ecosystems and habitats—riparian, chaparral, deciduous forest, intertidal and marine—are ready for exploration by eager participants.

The comfortable, low-stress camp environment helps participants focus on the learning activities at hand. A myriad of activities ensure that students will experience a diversity of compelling and interesting curriculum options and that the program can be tailored precisely to the partner’s needs. Exclusive facility use is available for larger groups. The structured, established camp setting offers the perfect atmosphere in which to focus on group and personal development, and to meet partner goals.

Santa Barbara
Boojum’s Santa Barbara coast programs offer a quality, custom-designed group experience in an unforgettably spectacular location. Join Boojum’s experienced staff in this magical course area along the shoreline of California for a learning adventure of a lifetime! Boojum’s Santa Barbara Coastal Program tours along the coast of Refugio to El Capitan, with the prevailing currents and swells. We almost always see dolphins, harbor seals, sea lions, cormorants, pelicans, schools of minnows, healthy kelp beds, and of course sea gulls! The wildlife experience on the Pacific coast is remarkable and offers an exploration of coastal ecology and a stunning landscape that’s a powerful, memorable educational experience for all. Supported by Boojum’s experienced guides, participants learn about themselves, each other and the natural world in a truly unique and remarkable location.

Learning activities are presented in a variety of formats throughout the program and are experiential in nature. Lessons are planned to be stimulating and challenging. Instructors give participants the tools to promote personal discovery and self-direction in learning, while supporting participants with information about the topics being explored. A thoughtfully developed progression of hands-on learning, structured lessons, experiential outdoor activities and free time is provided to maximize learning and craft a positive, memorable experience.

Santa Cruz
Our Santa Cruz program is designed as an introduction to the unique and diverse natural areas of the central coast of California. This area is rich in both natural and human history and is an excellent location for outdoor studies. The program includes visits to riparian and forest ecosystems that highlight the wealth of ecological diversity in the area and include lessons in the preservation and potential threats to these ecosystems. Participants explore mountains, forests and coastal landscapes through day hiking, natural history lessons, and environmental awareness activities. Groups also experience a full complement of group-development and team-building games, initiatives and activities, and build character and responsibility through group living. The program’s main outdoor classrooms are the forests, meadows, and riparian (stream-side) areas of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Participants stay in tents or wooden cabins during the program and eat hearty meals in a comfortable dining hall. The Santa Cruz experience also provides a perfect environment for the enhancement of group bonding and the development of individuals’ confidence and sense of accomplishment. Journal writing, creative daily activities and small group presentations reinforce the concepts being taught, as do a variety of games and “hands-on” investigations.

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