at Large is the leading environmental
education group in California.
year, we provide successful education programs for over
eight thousand students from one hundred of California's
independent and public schools.
We introduce students
to environments as diverse as the pygmy forest of
Sonoma, the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park, the
Sonoran Desert and Catalina Island. Naturalists at Large
is the only organization offering an integrated program
of outdoor and environmental education in all the major
ecosystems of California — the Sierra, the desert, the
chaparral, the Channel Islands and the redwoods.
We are continually impressed with students' enthusiasm and enjoyment while learning about the environment.
for information on Naturalists at Large Spring
to the redwoods, March 25–26, and the desert, April 8–9.
We pride ourselves on our ability to design outdoor programs that are exciting and fun, while giving students an
understanding of the beauty and diversity of our planet. Naturalists at Large is committed to teaching people of
all ages the skills to be at ease in the outdoors and to fully understand all of the unique ecosystems of the
West. We work with each client every step of the way to help them identify their outdoor education goals and then
tailor a program to meet those specific needs.
|Naturalists at Large was founded
in 1985 by Richard Stowell. Formerly an independent school administrator,
Mr. Stowell recognized the void existing in available outdoor
education programs where providers offered only "packaged" programs. Schools had to fit themselves into
a company's rigid, predefined program and this often failed to meet unique needs and requirements of students and
Anyone who participates with Naturalists at Large learns the important art of being
comfortable in the outdoors while having fun. Skills, awareness and education are always stressed but the ability
to truly enjoy the outdoors is never sacrificed.
Since its beginning in 1985, Naturalists at Large has introduced
more than sixty thousand students to the outdoors. For many schools, Naturalists at Large provides multiple years
of outdoor education. Our familiarity with California and the West, and our individually designed programs with
qualified and capable instructors make it possible for us to offer a complete outdoor curriculum for primary through high school
Schools have come to rely on Naturalists at Large more and
more to help them design outdoor education programs for their entire student body.
San Francisco Bay Area
Santa Monica Mountains
Outdoor Learning Sites
Odysseys: Custom Trips
& Our Instructors
2006 Naturalists at Large.