Monthly Archives: May 2016

“So Long and Thanks For All the Fish!”*

We have arrived at the end of another exciting season here at Pathfinder Ranch! From January to June we have had 4,480 students from 41 schools join us here at Pathfinder Ranch. Our students and staff have had an amazing time learning and experiencing nature through hiking and climbing (some even through the snow and rain) and much more!

In other news, we have had a new animal join us this spring named Guibo!  Guibo is a 20 year old donkey from a farm out in Julian.  He is able to pull a small cart and has participated in the Rose Parade 10 years in a row.  Guibo has been having a great time getting to know all our students, staff, and even the other animals.


Look at this adorable face!

Earlier in the spring Pathfinder also welcomed a new clutch of chicks to the farm. Students and staff got to watch the chicks grow from tiny, fluffy, and round, to full grown chickens!


They grow up so fast! First day at the ranch, February 10th.


All grown up, May, 24th.


Just a few days later…









We at Pathfinder Ranch would like to thank all of our students, chaperones, and teachers for such an amazing season. We hope that everyone has a great last few weeks of school and enjoys their summer vacation.


See you down the trail!

Pathfinder Ranch Staff

* Title quote from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Connecting the Dots

At Pathfinder Ranch, our staff strives to continually grow professionally and individually by participating in professional development opportunities throughout the school year.  Our Naturalists organize and lead peer trainings on subjects such as supporting science standards, positive student behavior management, teambuilding games, environmental conservation topics, and more.

This past weekend nine Pathfinder Ranch staff attended the Annual Statewide Conference of the Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education (AEOE) located in beautiful Malibu at Camp Hess Kramer. With over 274 attendees, conference participants came from all walks of life: formal school teachers, school district employees, nature center educators, conservation researchers, outdoor enthusiast, and from residential education facilities like Pathfinder Ranch.  Workshop topics included: entomology basics, fire ecology, astronomy, composting, and encouraging pollinators.  We are excited to integrate this information in our classes and encourage Pathfinder Ranch students to continually explore, ask questions, understand that science is a part of everyday life, and how everything and everyone is connected.

AEOE campfire - Copy

Pathfinder staff learned new skits and more songs at the AEOE campfire night

To learn more about the Associated of Environmental and Outdoor Education, how to become a member, and upcoming conferences visit their website at

AEOE Group Picture

Our wonderful staff representing us at AEOE