Highland Lakes Camp and Conference Center

Outdoor Learning Center

Learning by Doing

The Outdoor Education Program is built around the concept of experiential learning - learning by doing - as a powerful way to get students excited about the outdoors and interested in learning about the natural world. Through a variety of Academic and Adventure courses, students are engaged in hands-on discovery, problem-solving, and group development. All of our courses are designed to meet both your class needs as well as the current TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills), and are facilitated by our highly trained and engaging staff.

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Why Outdoor Education?

We believe that the outdoor classroom provides an ideal setting for students to enjoy learning by exploration and discovery, helping to cement content in the minds of students in a fresh and creative environment. Students are able to see scientific and mathematical principles at work in real life examples, live out scenes of history, and come face-to-face with nature as they learn about local environment and wildlife.

But why go to camp? In addition to placing students in distraction-free setting, the camp experience allows faculty and students to share quality time outside of the classroom, strengthening relationships and encouraging communication back at school. During the day, students will participate in challenges designed to encourage teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. In the evenings, students will enjoy fun activities such as campfire programs, hayrides, and skits.

The Outdoor Education Program is available for public, private, and home schools, and can be experienced as a one-to-three day program, with the length of stay, and number of courses and meals customized to provide you and your students with a meaningful and memorable experience. Check out our course listings and trip options below, and start planning your Outdoor Education Adventure today!

Academic Courses

There are 11 Academic Courses to choose from. Each course is designed to provide hands-on learning through curriculum aligned to state standards in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Physical Education. The Academic Courses are a great way to put classroom concepts into real world practice while having fun in the great outdoors.

Adventure Courses

We offer 16 Adventure Courses. These courses take place on our challenge course, and are designed to help students develop socially, physically, and emotionally. Each element presents challenges that must be overcome, encouraging groups to grow in areas of interpersonal skills, communication, teamwork, self-confidence, and more.

Course Options:

Our belief is that an outdoor education program should challenge a student intellectually, socially, and physically. To accomplish this, we offer a variety of Academic and Adventure Courses to choose from. We’ll work with your faculty to design a unique program that meets your students’ learning goals and needs.

Schedule Flexibility

Trips can range from one to three days in length. Day trips are an awesome and easy way to experience Outdoor Education, while overnight trips bring opportunity for even more development and fun as your group is truly immersed in the experience.

One Day Adventure

A day trip full of adventure, learning, and class development. Includes Lunch and 3-4 course options.

Two Day Trip

An overnight trip adds even more quality time for your class to grow, and includes an evening activity in addition to 3-4 meals. This schedule allows for 5-6 different course options.

Three Day Total Experience

Three days and two nights packed with hands-on discoveries, class development, and exciting activities. Includes two evening activities and 6-7 meals, and allows for 7-8 course options.

Contact Us

Start planning your Outdoor Education Adventure today by filling out the form below to have a coordinator contact you.

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