Located in the San Bernardino Mountains, Pali Institute offers a customizable outdoor education program for grades 4 - 12. Educators choose a three, four or five day program and select from over 30 class modules from three categories: Outdoor Education, Science and Leadership. We are proud to be the only outdoor education program accredited by the Association for Experiential Education and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

About Pali Institute

Girl climbing tree at Pali Institute


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!


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.

Compasses used in orienteering class


At Pali Institute we offer a customized program to suit your school's requirements, with curriculums available for 4th through 12th grades. Educators choose a three, four or five day program and build their experience by selecting from our 30+ class modules in three categories: Outdoor Education, Science and Leadership. We are confident that the innovative programs at our outdoor school will captivate your students in an entertaining and engaging learning experience! A full-day schedule at Pali Institute consists of five 90-minute sessions with some double sessions (180 minutes) available for a more in-depth learning experience. Our courses adhere to California, Nevada and Arizona state standards.


Staff ropes course training at Pali Institute Our highly trained outdoor education staff provides around the clock supervision and instruction, allowing teachers to relax, observe and engage with their students in educational activities. Our instructors have bachelor's degrees and possess a variety of science and teaching credentials. Two full-time registered nurses are available 24/7. With Pali's highly qualified team in place, your students will be safely cared for while discovering the wonders of experiential education.

Interior of student cabin at Pali Institute


Our comfortable mountain cabins feature solid wood built-in bunks, radiant floor heating, and private bathroom and shower facilities located inside the cabin. Each cabin is supervised by one of our qualified staff members. Visiting teachers stay in our semi-private accommodations with access to a teacher's lounge complete with computers, Wi-Fi and satellite television.


Pali Institute is a leader in outdoor education. We are extremely proud to be the ONLY residential outdoor education program accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC) which holds us to more than one hundred professional standards and guidelines. We also adhere to an experiential model of learning, and are accredited by the Association for Experiential Education (AEE). Through the accreditation processes, Pali Institute is able to maintain high standards for the curriculum, risk management and participant safety.

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