Outdoor Education

The Outdoor Education and Class Trips program provides opportunities for students and faculty to learn and grow in environments extending beyond the regular classroom setting. Recognizing that many of our students and faculty are mostly urban, our outdoor trips are designed not for the mastery of skills, but rather for thought-provoking exposure. Trips emphasize the group process and individual participation throughout the course of the trip.

Self-Selected Trips

The elective trips fall into two categories. Adventure Trips are the most intensive and focus on a single activity including backpacking, kayaking, river rafting, back-country skiing, climbing and biking.

Observation/Awareness Trips offer the opportunity for students to connect with the natural world through more contemplative and less active means. Such trips include visiting tide pools, survival training and spending time on a working farm.

No previous experience is required, however, the activities are varied enough to challenge even those with some expertise. Students are encouraged to sign up for at least one outing during the year. 

Grade Level Experiences

Grade level trips offer students and teachers an opportunity to get away from the school and the city in order to build class unity and responsibility through trail work and other activities.

Freshman students may do a ropes course together in the fall and spend a night at Westminster Woods or Point Bonita Y during Spring Class Days. The final spring term Senior overnight trip may incorporate trail work in a local national park and some final moments to bond as a class. Juniors spend several days at Point Reyes in the fall carrying on the 35+-year tradition of trail work that Urban has conducted on behalf of the NPS.

2018-19 Trips

Freshman Class Trips
Ropes Course in San Francisco
October 18, 2018 (Thursday)

Spring Trip at Point Bonita YMCA
April 11-12, 2019

Sophomore Class Trip
No Mandatory Trip



Junior Class Trip
Point Reyes
October 17-19, 2018

Senior Class Retreat
April 11-12, 2019

Self-Selected Trips 2018-19

Sunset Kayaking (day trip) - Saturday, October 13

Play in the Snow in Donner
January 11, 3 pm - January 13, 7 pm

Pie Ranch Overnight (farm work, potluck and Barn dance)
Saturday, February 16, 8 am - Sunday, February 17, 4 pm

Angel Island Overnight with bikes
Saturday, March 23, 9 am - Sunday, March 24, 4 pm

Kayaking in Tomales Bay (Bioluminescence) and Overnight
Saturday, April 27, 8 am - Sunday, April 28, 6 pm

Date and location to be determined, but likely April or May

Ashland Shakespeare and Rafting
Monday, June 10, 8 am - Thursday, June 13, 6 pm (after school ends)

Information is provided to all students via the Bulletin Board or email. The Urban Trip Permission Form is required for all trips, and some events may have their own additional form. Questions? Please contact Outdoor Trips Coordinator Jenn Epstein.