Our campus is located steps away from the Presidio National Park. Acres of wild habitats, natural trails, and different ecosystems provide the opportunity for our students to regularly play and learn outdoors.
Our campus borders the over 1,400 acre Presidio National Park and is easily walkable for all of our students. Streams, lakes, intertidal beaches, coastal redwood, and cypress forests enhance the middle school science curriculum. Our students are lucky to conduct place-based science, in one of the most biologically rich habitats on the planet. These dynamic experiences are the foundations for our students to build science skills and optimistically grow into aware global citizens.
Environmental Education at Presidio Hill School is different. Every week, each lower school class (TK-5) walks into the Presidio for extended outdoor adventures. Nature education in our younger grades is founded on the idea that before being introduced to larger environmental issues, kids need to regularly investigate, connect with, and discover their surroundings. Exploring a local redwood grove, searching for bugs in El Polin Spring, or reading a book under the willow dome, our students are encouraged to enjoy the wonders and mysteries of our local wild urban habitats.
Our middle school environmental science program is rooted in immersing our students in real science. 100-minute field-research labs allow classes to conduct long-term monitoring projects, collect meaningful data, and compare and contrast working ecosystem functions. Observing local ever-changing environments encourages our students to formulate questions about our earth and critically think about the effects of climate change.