Outdoor Program

At Sun Valley Community School, our curriculum map traverses mountains, rivers, Deserts, and forests.

Through our renowned Outdoor Program, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade students learn and find meaningful challenge when they step outside their comfort zone through outdoor experiences in our backyard and in surrounding Western states. These transformative trips foster connection, impart lessons practical and profound, and instill a lifelong love for wild places.

Outdoor Program Voices

If there’s one thing trips have taught me it’s that you have friends no matter where you go. And both the trips and the friends I have made on them will stay with me forever.
Isabelle A. '27
Extremely fun yet challenging trips. Never give up because the destination is definitely worth it.
Chris A. '26




The Outdoor Program is life changing. We can't predict where our kids will go in life but for them to learn how to survive in the wilderness; how to responsibly start a campfire; navigate; cook over a camp stove and hike for miles will place them within a unique group of people in this world. Those kinds of experiences are critical and the kids return from these trips realizing what they are capable of. It's empowering.

Jess Wolcott, Alumni Parent


The Outdoor Program Trips and the incredible teachers really helped me figure out who I wanted to be when I grew up. Community School fueled my passion for the outdoors and for life.
Drew Stoecklein '03