MWCA continues to uphold the original mandate to provide environmental educationan integral part of its purpose. Qualified staff guide campers and students in exploring and learning about wildlife and plant communities so they can better understand and respect our natural world.
Education Director Jeanne Coleman came to the Woodlands in 1995 after completing her Masters degree in Outdoor Education. She has worked in this field since 1986, also for such notable groups as the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, The Sierra Club, and the U.S. Forest Service.
Below is a video introduction to the Woodlands’ Mendocino Outdoor Science School (MOSS). This is the largest environmental educational program at the Woodlands and one of the best of its kind in the nation.
This is the jewel of MWCA’s environmental education programs. It allows school children from 4th through 8th grades to experience and learn about the wonders of our natural world while fostering a feeling of connection with their communities. Click on the headline just above to find out more.
We can design a custom field trip program on many different natural history topics to suit your groups or students needs. Suggestions:
Redwood forest ecology
Pond and stream
Rocky shore tide pools
Native American Plant Uses
Birds of the North Coast
Field Math & Orienteering
Salmon Life Cycle
One of our most popular field trips is a visit to the Challenge Course. Fun and exciting, this activity is open to anyone over 12. Our course is located on a secluded wooded shelf along a river. Each element has a story and a physical task for your group to accomplish. It is designed to encourage group cooperation and problem-solving skills and is appropriate for businesses and organizations as well as school groups.
Campers Guided Activities
MWCA offers several special programs for campers, including the following: Night Awareness Walk
This hike focuses on nocturnal animals of the Redwood forest and their adaptations to activity in the dark. Easy, one-hour walk. Call owls and enjoy activities that test the acuteness of your senses at night. All ages. Plants of the Redwood Forest and Their Uses
All of the produce we eat today had its origins in the wild. Explore the diversity of plant life at the Woodlands and learn about its folklore and uses. Campfire Cooking for Kids
The art of building a fire and cooking kid-friendly food over an open flame will be the focus of this 1-1/2 hour class.
Adventure EducationBeyond the Woodlands Camp
Discover the wild lands and rivers of the North Coast. Our naturalist/guides will help you custom build a trip, perfect for your group or organization. Popular choices: Backpack the Lost Coast or Canoe the Big River. Guided trips include instruction in wilderness skills, assistance in acquiring gear, and natural history information.
Fall Weekend Workshops
In addition to group programs, we also offer Weekend Workshops open to individuals. Room and board are included in the fee. Topics may include herbal and medicinal uses of plants, wilderness first aid, trail building, and more.
Service Learning Partnership
MWCAs Service Learning Partnership effectively combines service projects and learning opportunities to benefit both the community and the Woodlands. Through the Partnership, youth and community members learn skills and gain knowledge while working outdoors to perform much needed projects.
Contact us for more information on any of these programs.
Mendocino Woodlands Environmental Education
Field Trip to Rocky Shore Tide Pool
Learning is fun at the Fire Circle.
Environmental Education Director Jeanne Coleman with her assistant Hoot, and Nico, Doni, Eva and Miss Maya.