The Pali Institute Difference


At Pali Institute our mission is to introduce experiential education to young people by providing progressive learning experiences that extend far beyond classroom walls. Students will experience the thrill of seeing, touching, and learning about the environment and our impact on the world.

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Program Goal

Each student that attends Pali Institute should leave with an increased understanding of our human impact and respect for themselves, each other, and the environment

At Pali Institute, we bring textbooks to life!

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Pali’s History

The “Pali” in Pali Institute comes from the nickname for Pacific Palisades, a suburb of Los Angeles, California. It’s where our entrepreneurial founder, Andy Wexler, began the Pali family of companies.

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Smiling boy on day hike with Pali Institute

The very first “Pali Camp” was a summer day camp run by Andy and his team in 1990. With his day camp success, Andy purchased a 74-acre site in the mountains previously known as Camp O-Ongo. Later acquisitions let Pali grow to 250 acres of lush and unspoiled forest, crisscrossed with hiking trails.

Pali Institute is the natural evolution of summer camp into out-of-school experiential learning. Pali Institute provides 1 – 5 day customizable overnight education programs for grades 3 – 12. Choose programs in three broad categories: Outdoor Education, Science and Leadership.

What sets us apart

Pali Institute is a leader in outdoor education. We are extremely proud to be one of a few 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.

Students raising hands during class

Our team will wow you!

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 from 7:00am – 10:00pm, if there is an emergency during the hours where a nurse is not present, EMS will be utilized.. With Pali’s highly qualified team in place, your students will be safely cared for while discovering the wonders of experiential education.

Pali instructor holds bucket while teaching students outside

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