At Pali Institute, our mission is to introduce experiential education to young people by providing progressive learning experiences that extend far beyond classroom walls. Through our innovative curriculum and professional outdoor staff, students will experience the thrill of seeing, touching and learning about the world around them. At Pali Institute, we bring textbooks to life.
Individuals who attend Pali Institute will express...
- Increased Understanding of Relevant Science Concepts
Pali Institute's hands-on, experiential learning techniques will help students to retain science concepts relevant to California state science content standards.
- Increased Personal Growth
Students who participate in outdoor leadership and teambuilding courses will express an increase in self-confidence, connectedness and communication with their classmates.
- Increased Awareness of Group Dynamics
Group dynamics will be influenced in a positive and constructive manner and long-term differences will be noted amongst teachers, parents and the students themselves.
- Increase Preparedness and Confidence in our Program.
Outdoor students, teachers, and parents will feel adequately informed about Pali Institute, and will enjoy and think highly of the program. We will continue to meet all other standards applicable for a residential and experiential outdoor program (Association for Experiential Education standards, challenge course standards, WASC standards).
Pali Institute is located in the San Bernardino Mountains, near Lake Arrowhead, within 90 minutes of Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties, and 3.5 hours from Las Vegas. Click here for map and directions.
Pali Institute is a leader in outdoor education, and is extremely proud to be the ONLY outdoor education program to be accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). As such, we are held to more than one hundred professional standards and guidelines. Pali Institute is also accredited by the Association for Experiential Education (AEE), which means we adhere to an experiential model of learning. Pali Institute maintains strict standards for education, program governance and operations management.
Our highly trained outdoor education staff provides around the clock supervision and instruction, allowing teachers to relax and observe. Our instructors must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, and possess a variety of science degrees and teaching credentials. In addition, we have two full-time Registered Nurses, with at least one of them living on-site, available 24/7. With Pali’s highly qualified team in place, your students are guaranteed to be safely cared for while having a blast discovering the wonders of experiential education. Meet our staff.
At Pali Institute we offer a customized program to suit your school's requirements. While the majority of our students are in 5th and 6th grade levels, we offer programs for grades 4 through 12. Educators can choose a three to five-day program and then select from our 30+ class modules, which are divided into three categories: Outdoor Education, Science and Leadership. Here at our outdoor school, we are confident that our innovative curriculum will captivate your students; they will not even realize how much they are learning! A full-day schedule at Pali Institute consists of five modules, each 90 minutes in length. Some modules can be selected as a double sessions (180 minutes) for a more in-depth learning experience. Classes align with California, Nevada, and Arizona state standards.
Our authentic mountain cabin environment accommodates up to 400 guests, with each cabin housing up to fifteen students and one Pali Institute instructor. Students sleep in cabins featuring solid wood built-in bunks, radiant floor heating, 2-3 full in-cabin bathroom and shower facilities, and last, but not least, an unlimited supply of pure Pali Mountain spring water. Visiting teachers stay in our semi-private accommodations with access to a teacher's lounge complete with computers, Wi-Fi access and satellite television.
Pali Institute features award-winning food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We offer buffet style dining with something for everyone at every meal. Vegetarian options, fresh salad bar, fresh fruit, and drinks are all included. Teachers and students alike all come away talking about how much they enjoyed our meals.
California Mountain Weather
Being an outdoor education program, most of our programming will of course take place outdoors. We are lucky to be located on 74 acres of land surrounded by the natural beauty of the San Bernardino National Forest. The majority of our days enjoy beautiful California sunshine, but we find it is best to be prepared for all types of weather. Throughout the season the temperatures do drop at night, so no matter what time of year your group is coming be prepared for chilly night temperatures with long pants and a sweatshirt or jacket. The snow season can begin as early as November - so boots, beanies, jackets and lots of socks are a must. The ground can be snowy January through March, and some school groups are lucky enough to be here for beautiful fresh snowfall. Pali Institute staff keeps on top of the weather forecasts and road conditions, so if we encounter snow on a travel day we will work with your school administration to keep them updated of all conditions. We are located on the largest, most traveled roads in the mountains, and snow control is excellent along these highways. We are fully prepared for any type of weather, and we work with schools to change programming activities and schedules as necessary, for the best and safest trip we can provide your students.