Outdoor Education

MWCA continues to uphold the original mandate to provide environmental education — an integral part of its purpose. Qualified staff guide campers and students in exploring and learning about wildlife and plant communities so they can better understand and respect our natural world.

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Below is a video introduction to the Woodlands’ Mendocino Outdoor Science School (MOSS). This is the largest environmental educational program at the Woodlands and one of the best of its kind in the nation.


In addition to an on-site herbarium and resource library, MWCA offers the following programs:

Mendocino Outdoor Science School (MOSS)

This is the jewel of MWCA’s environmental education programs. MOSS allows school children from fourth through eighth grades to experience and learn about the wonders of our natural world while fostering a feeling of connection with their communities. Click on the headline just above to find out more.

Field Trips
We can design a custom field trip program on many different natural history topics to suit your group’s or students’ needs. Suggestions:

  • Redwood forest ecology
  • Pond and stream
  • Rocky shore tide pools
  • Logging History
  • Native American Plant Uses
  • Birds of the North Coast
  • Field Math & Orienteering
  • Salmon Life Cycle

One of our most popular field trips is a visit to the Challenge Course. Fun and exciting, this activity is open to anyone over 12. Our course is located on a secluded wooded shelf along a river. Each element has a story and a physical task for your group to accomplish. It is designed to encourage group cooperation and problem-solving skills and is appropriate for businesses and organizations as well as school groups.


Contact us for more information on any of these programs.