Environmental Education Activities



Animal Room

Animal Room


Students can visit with our Sly Park snakes, lizards and bugs in the Animal Room, or view our recovery birds in the Raptor Center. They can touch and handle animal bones and pelts or see up close our incredible collection of birds on loan from a local Pollock Pines Taxidermist. Science abounds with the variety of hands-on activities and lessons about animals and their adaptations.
Arts & Crafts

Arts and Crafts


Make your own Sly Park shirt in our Arts & Crafts room. Students bring a shirt and we stencil our historical “Sly Park Butterfly” or our ever-changing current year design on it. Or maybe you’ll make a Sly Park dream catcher, friendship bracelet or tree cookie necklace. Creativity is encouraged and developed at Sly Park.
Astronomy

Astronomy


The dark night skies at Sly Park allow us to have fantastic views of planets, stars, and the Moon. With ten telescopes in our observatory, every student has the chance to gaze upon awe-inspiring heavenly bodies and learn more about the night sky. Find out more about stargazing at Sly Park on our Astronomy page.
Climbing Wall

Climbing Wall and Team Building


Students at Sly Park have the exciting opportunity to scale our 20-foot indoor climbing wall! Check out the Climbing Wall page for a rundown on this thrilling challenge, as well as info on our Team Building activities.
Jenkinson Lake

Jenkinson Lake


The Lake Hike is a beautiful five-mile round-trip hike through Eldorado National Forest, up to the Jenkinson Lake Group Camp areas and Crystal Cove.
Manzanita Hill

Manzanita Hill


The Manzanita Hill hike is our paved one-mile walking path in the Eldorado National Forest. You can collect Sugar Pine cones, watch the energetic squirrels and gaze out over Park Creek canyon. A beautiful and ADA-convenient trail.
Native American Interpretive Center

Native American Interpretive Center


Native American games and storytelling give students an opportunity to experience what Native children might have experienced hundreds of years ago. Check out our Native American Interpretive Center page for a closer look.
Children's Forest

Children’s Forest (Old Growth Forest)


Visit our awe-inspiring old growth trees off the Northwest corner of campus. Generations of trees give example of the tree life cycle and tower above the beautiful hiking trail.
Park Creek

Park Creek


Enjoy the challenge of the two-mile round-trip hike to Park Creek. The creek canyon is beautiful and the hike out is breathtaking—literally. Activities at Park Creek include scientific data collection, non-scientific playing in the creek, gold panning, face painting, and lessons on all things located in or around the creek.
Shelter Building

Shelter Building at Clear Creek


Students begin their shelter building experience with a lesson about wilderness preparation and the science behind survival. Then they hike down to Clear Creek and our shelter building outdoor classroom. Architects and engineers of the future then get to create their own version of Hotel Sly Park and experience how to build a survival shelter.