CHA offers extended field trips to destinations to support and enhance the Science, Social Studies, and Core Values curriculums taught in the classroom. These destination trips provide students a shared bonding experience, opportunities to demonstrate teamwork, and the lifetime memories of living, learning, and working together away from the classrooms on the CHA campus. Led by expert docents, CHA students experience lessons brought to life in actual settings that provide additional context and meaning to classroom learning. Students may participate in the weeklong field trips held in May of each school year.
Sixth graders enjoy nature’s classroom is one of our nation’s most amazing National Parks. NatureBridge field science programs in Yosemite National Park guide students with hands-on science in one of the world’s most stunning geologic wonders. The five-day residential outdoor science programs are led by experienced educators and customized to enhance CHA’s curriculum.
Students hike through the dramatic landscapes of Yosemite, explore ancient groves of giant sequoias, and challenge themselves to reach the tops of waterfalls. They explore the geologic history of the Sierra Nevada and discover how the environment supported humans from the early Miwok to the present.
Located on the beautiful west end of Santa Catalina Island, the Catalina Environmental Leadership Program (CELP) is the residential environmental and outdoor education program that our seventh grade students experience for five days. While at CELP, they are guided through a series of land and sea explorations, each aimed to bring about a greater understanding and connectedness to self, others, and the environment.
Students take a boat ferry from Los Angeles to the camp at Howlands Landing where they are lodged for the duration of their stay. Activities include Day and Night Snorkeling, Kayaking, Shoreline Investigation, Microscope Lab, Kelp Forest Slide Show, Ecology Hike, Sustainable Living, Art and Nature, Low Ropes/Initiatives, Climbing Walls, Ropes Course, Night Hike, Primitive Campfire, Night Sky, Night Snorkeling
For the ultimate eighth grade experience, our students join the World Strides tour of our nation’s capital spending five days touring monuments, museums, and the buildings of our nation’s government as they explore Capitol Hill. They learn from the professional staff and their own teachers, the powerful history of our nation’s tragedies and triumphs.
This tour includes the city itself as architectural and cultural center of our nation’s government. Many years the students are fortunate enough to meet their local congressmen or other national figure. Highlights of the trip include Arlington National Cemetery, Memorials and monuments, Alexandria and Mount Vernon, Capital Hill Grounds Tour including the Supreme Court, National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, the Holocaust Museum, the Native American Museum, both the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Art Gallery, Ford’s Theatre and Petersen House, White House, and Embassy Row. A side trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is also a part of this great week of American History.