CODS Fall 2020 Overnight Programs

All CODS 2020 fall overnight programs have been cancelled.

Recent spikes in COVID cases and the uncertainty surrounding the 2020-2021 school year, especially in regards to how schools will be reopening this fall have all contributed to this decision. The safety of your learning community and our staff is of the utmost importance to us and the current landscape does not allow for CODS to guarantee a comfortable level of safety responsibly.

We know the trip to CODS is a highlight of the 4th, 5th or 6th grade school year, which is why this decision was so difficult. However, CODS wants to work with you to find ways we can still support your students in learning about the gold rush, science and the natural world. We are exploring some innovative ways to stay in touch and help meet the needs of teachers in implementing outdoor education and living history.

We are currently working on creating some virtual content and putting together an affordable package of CODS gear (bandanas, pouch materials, gold pans, etc.) that would allow you to create a living history experience in your own classroom space. We are also exploring the possibility of having a naturalist virtually join your classroom using Zoom or another platform. We are also looking at the opportunity for a CODS naturalist to visit your school/classroom for the day to help facilitate some of our lessons.

We sincerely hope we get to see you and your students again in the near future. Until then, our desire is to help, we are open to hearing your needs and how we can potentially help make your job easier. If you want to reschedule to spring 2021, discuss the above virtual opportunities or have any general questions please reach out and we will work with you to find solutions.

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Coloma Outdoor Discovery School (CODS) is an outdoor education school that has provided educational programs since 1990. Our campus is located on the banks of the South Fork American River, across from the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, within the Coloma Resort.

We have designed three distinctive, highly structured programs run by skilled and dynamic outdoor educators who make it possible for teachers to have limited responsibilities during program. This gives classroom teachers the flexibility to float, observe, connect and enjoy watching their students learn in a new environment. Our programs can stand alone as a springboard to a new unit or the finale to complete a unit of study. Pre and post-trip activities are available to supplement curricular units.

Our overnight programs offer one to four day experiences in exploring and studying the following topics:

We service both public and private schools as well as other organizations and businesses throughout the state.

Mission: To foster environmental stewardship, community and individual responsibility through dynamic, integrated learning in an outdoor setting.

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