We know that planning a trip with your school can seem like an overwhelming processes. This section of the website is to help you get organized before your trip and provides instructions on what to do before you arrive on campus. Please click the Pre-Trip logistics to learn more about what you should do before Astrocamp, what Astrocamp is like, and what programs we offer your students.
On behalf of our parent organization, Guided Discoveries, and our staff, we want to thank you for choosing Astrocamp. It is apparent that you want the best for your students and at Astrocamp we provide dynamic coursework in astronomy, physical science, space exploration, and adventure activities. Our classes are designed to inspire students toward future success in their academic and personal pursuits. We are committed to improving the scientific literacy of your students and believe everyone can understand science and technology while having fun in the process. Above all, our goal is to work with students in ways that enrich them and make them want to learn.
Science Content Standards
Our physical science activities are designed for students (grades 4-12). All of our programs meet different science standards for each grade level. By clicking on Programs and Activities above, you will find standards listed under each activity.
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Here is how our program meets the California Science Content Standards.
- A chart breakdown of our programs with science standards.
- This is the full document as adopted by the California State Board of Education.
For other states - please look on their department of education website.
What You'll See and Do
Astrocamp is a unique outdoor science program available to students of your school. Located in the small town of Idyllwild, there isn’t a better place to learn about the stars than our 90-acre facility. With the beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains, the excitement of experimenting with science, and the ability to gaze at stars, planets and messier objects, children take a voyage into science during their stay at Astrocamp.
The student’s journey will begin after leaving the desert floor and traveling into the San Bernardino Nation Forest. Once they arrive at Astrocamp they will be greeted by one of their instructors who will show them where they are living and give them a little time to get situated. No sooner than they are moved in do they start on their voyage. Schools choose from a list of classes and decide what best fits their curriculum. While at Astrocamp, students will have an opportunity to do a variety of things like exploding hydrogen balloons in Atmosphere and Gases, train like astronauts in Microgravity, have their hair stand on end in Electricity and Magnetism, or swing high in the air on our ropes course.
One of the main attractions of Astrocamp is the astronomy program. Due to our location, elevation, and two state-of-the-art telescope viewing areas, students have a great opportunity to get hands on experience exploring the night-time sky.
At the end of their trip students will wave goodbye to their instructors and return to their school and everyday surroundings with a stronger knowledge of astronomy and physical science as well as themselves. Whether coming on a three or five day excursion to Astrocamp, students will obtain the experience of a lifetime and remember the trip for years to come.