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Foothill Horizons celebrates 60 years
• At Saturday Open House event near Sonora
Students like these have explored nature for decades at Foothill Horizons near Sonora. The camp is operated by the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE).

Foothill Horizons Outdoor School will host an Open House on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their Sonora site. There is no fee to participate, and this year in honor of 60 years, a light lunch will be provided.

Adults who attended as students or counselors can return and revisit. Parents can come up to see what their sixth graders will be experiencing through tours of the facility. Stations will showcase student activities. The Open House will provide families the time to expand or extend their own understanding and appreciation for Outdoor Education and the opportunities it has for their children.

Operated by the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE), this is also an opportunity for parents to evaluate Foothill Horizons as a place to send their children to summer camp during the summer of 2019. Foothill staff will take participants on tours of the facilities and answer questions regarding curriculum, health care, meals and supervision. Foothill Horizons is also available for rental. Visit during the open house to learn more about renting the site for weddings, parties, retreats and more.

Approximately 7,000 students visit Foothill Horizons each school year. According to Director Jessica Hewitt, outdoor education provides a comprehensive educational program for children while nurturing an appreciation for the natural environment. During their stay, students participate in curriculum based on the science standards, including classes in ecology, geology, conservation, discovery techniques, and Me-Wuk Indian culture. Students also enjoy field trips to a local cavern and to a Giant Sequoia grove.

Participants should wear casual clothing and comfortable shoes. For additional information, including directions, visit their website, or call 532-6673.