Forms & Frequently Asked Questions
We have plenty of resources for you to explore before your school and students visit. Check out our FAQ section for more and please contact us for additional questions.
Frequently asked questions
Where are you located?
Who supervises the students?
Can I contact my child during their program?
Students here get a chance to grow their independence and have some distance from their normal routine and home. Teachers, Naturalists, and cabin leaders are with students at all times, and students are quite busy during their week here. Parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to send mail to their child. Unless under extenuating circumstances, we ask that parents and guardians do not call or expect to speak with their child. We understand that this can be difficult! We also believe it is in the students’ best interest to gain self-reliance and confidence here, and phone calls distract from the flow of the week.
How far is the health center from the teacher’s lodge?
These two facilities are in the same building. This makes it easy for teachers to be available 24/7 for visiting students who need medication and additional support.
Is there wifi on campus?
Yes. We ask for everyone here to make sure their phone is not used in front of students, besides for taking the occasional photo. During breaks, teachers and cabin leaders are welcome to use their phone in select areas, if needed.
What is the emergency protocol?
Hicks Valley Fire Department would be called in the event of an emergency. Our staff are well-trained in incident-command systems and there are four certified EMTs who are “on call” if needed.
What’s the food like?
What about students with allergies?
Our kitchen staff are well-versed in allergy and food safety, especially regarding tree and peanut allergies. Because of the increasing prevalence of nut allergies, we are a nut-free facility. We can also accommodate gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan diets. If you have further questions, please contact our food service manager, Eric Briggs.
How do showers work?
How much “off time” do I have?
What are the hikes like?
Will other schools be there?
Who makes the groups of students for cabins?
What if it’s raining?
If I’m not a cabin leader, can I come during the week?
Being prepared is a key part of having a good experience! We hope this packing list helps!
This is a great resource for future cabin leaders. Cabin leaders have a training during their arrival day. Take a look at the Cabin Leader Handbook HERE.
cabin leader handbook
This is a great resource for first-time and returning teachers coming out to the ranch. Take a look at the Teacher Handbook HERE.
Check out the weather forecast for your upcoming trip! We are in a temperate climate typical for the Bay Area, with foggy mornings and cool evenings.