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Field Trips and Picnics

Field Trips

Spend an Educational Day at Indian Hills Camp!

Your 2nd - 6th grade students will have a memorable and enjoyable time of learning in each of our field trip classes. Choose 2 classes from the class list below. Grade levels are suggested, but not exclusive (all classes can be attended by all grades). All classes follow California State Standards.  Upon arrival, teachers will receive class outlines.

September through May: Tuesday - Friday (see availability below)




 Pushing and Pulling

Add a push or a pull and there it goes!  Don't worry, gravity and friction can make it stop.  Potential energy and kinetic energy both have their parts to play.  Get ready to play the energy game in this super-charged class!                

CA State Standards:1 c, d, e

(Recommended for 2nd Grade) 

 Animal Adaptations

All animals need to fit in with the environment in which they have been placed. Come and experience how life takes place for animals all around the Earth.  Get ready to play the Migration Game!

CA State Standards:3. a, b, c, d

(Recommended for 3rd Grade)

Kumeyaay Life

Come and experience a day in the life of a Southern California Native American!  Learn how Native Americans not only survived but thrived in and with their environment.                                                                

CA State Standards:2.1, 3, 4

(Recommended for 3rd Grade)


Southern California has a rich foundation of geological wonders and seismic activity. This class covers the basics of the rock cycle, as well as how plate tectonics can lead to earthquakes and volcanoes. Look out! This class also features a few volcanic eruptions!              

CA State Standards:1.a, b, c, d, e,and f; 3. a, b, d, e; 4.a; 5.a

(Recommended for 2nd -5th Grade)


Rattlesnakes are the only venomous snakes in Southern California.  This class features a safe look at some very fascinating creatures.  Learning the habits, lifestyle, and behaviors of these reptiles will help you better protect yourself, others, and the environment.

(Recommended for 3rd Grade and up)



Come and discover some amazing bugs that call San Diego home.  You will meet amazing insects and arachnids in this interesting and exciting class, so expect to see live animal guests!  

(Recommended for 4th Grade)

Gold Mine

The discovery of gold in California changed the state forever!  Be a part of living history as you pan for gold, learn about the past, and have your gold assayed.  Hope you hit the "mother load!"

CA State Standards:3.3, 4.2

(Recommended for 4th Grade)  

Web of Life

Everything is connected!  You will see how energy passes from the sun to Earth's diverse organisms.  Come and play the "Web of Life" game to experience how animals and plants interact in their environment.

CA State Standards:2.a, b, c; 3.a, b

(Recommended for 4th Grade) 

Overland Trail Survival

Take a trip out west with early American settlers.  Learn what it takes to survive in the harsh conditions of the Overland Trail System.  After you learn the basics you will have the chance to step onto IHC's own Overland Trail!              

CA State Standards:5.8, 4

(Recommended for 5th Grade)











Field Trip Cost:

$12.00 per Student

$12.00 per Adult

There is a minimum attendance of 30 paid persons (minimum fee of $360). Please note, this minimum can also be met by combining with another school already booked. 

For every 8 students, 1 teacher/chaperone may attend for free!

This fee includes the picnic charge, two 45-minute interactive program presentations, a visit to the farmyard, and free time to play on the giant playground. Souvenirs and snacks are also available at the Camp Store. (Due to staffing requirements, store reservation requests must be made prior to arrival.)

A $75 deposit is required to confirm your reservation and will be applied to the total fees due upon arrival. The deposit is non-refundable. Monies pre-paid will be applied to a rescheduled field trip, if cancelled due to weather. 

Click here for available Field Trip Dates

To register, please fill out a Reservation Request Form



Sample Schedule (subject to change--you will be provided with a final schedule upon check-in on the day of your Field Trip at IHC):

9:30 - Arrival / Free Time / Restrooms

10:00 - Class Selection #1

10:45 - Visit the Farmyard / Free Time on the Playground

11:30 - Class Selection #2

12:15 - Lunch / Store Open (Optional)

1:00 - Free Time/ Restrooms/ Departure

Each student and chaperone should bring a lunch and plan on a 30 minute lunch period. An average field trip takes about 3 to 4 hours depending on group size. Classes may arrive as early as 9:00 am and depart as late as 2:00 pm.


School Picnics

Indian Hills Camp offers its facilities for picnics where the school staff schedules and conducts its own activities.  The picnic fee is $7.00 per person (students and adults, including teachers or group leaders). The fee includes use of the farmyard, picnic area, swimming pool(s), obstacle course, bmx track, and giant playground. Archery and other sports equipment are available for rent from the Camp Store.  Please call the IHC Office at 619-669-6498 for availability.

Call Indian Hills Camp To Register - 619-669-6498


15763 Lyons Valley Road Jamul, CA 91935


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