Howland Hill Outdoor School

HHOS Education
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Howland Hill Outdoor School (HHOS) has been providing educational programs in Redwood National and State Parks since 1979. HHOS offers curriculum-based environmental education programs for students in grades K-5. The facility is available for rental by education-based groups when these classes are not in session.

HHOS is located near Crescent City, CA and is one of two outdoor schools in Redwood National and State Parks. The Wolf Creek Education Center (WCEC) is located near Orick, CA, and provides curriculum-based environmental education programs for students in grades 4-6, as well as facility rentals.

Facility Guide

Planning your trip? Check out the HHOS Facility Guide. This guide is necessary for groups staying overnight trip to Howland Hill and can also be helpful for educators coming to HHOS for ranger-led programs. We're here to answer your questions, e-mail us if you have any.

Making a Reservation

Reservation requests are only accepted via email. Reservation requests for the 2020-2021 school year open May 1st, 2020 at 8:00 am PST. Howland Hill Outdoor School offers ranger-led curriculum-based education programs in two semesters, Fall and Spring:

Fall: August 31st - October 30th 2020
*4th and 5th grade day or overnight programs are available in the Fall
Spring: March 29th – June 4th 2021
*Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade programs are available in the Spring

During the rest of the year, the facility is available for use by education groups with limited or no program offerings with park rangers.

To make a reservation, first gather the following information:

1. Your name and the name of the school or educational group you represent.
2. Whether you are requesting a ranger-guided program or a facility rental.
3. The grade level of your class.
4. The number of students in your class.
5. An estimate of how many vehicles and adult chaperones you plan to bring along.
6. Up to three requested dates for your trip, starting with the date you'd like the most.

When you have this information ready, e-mail it to us. Many teachers "copy and paste" the list of 6 items above into the email message to be sure they don't miss anything that could delay their reservation being made.

Reservations are first-come, first-served, based on the time this e-mail is received with all requested information.
We normally respond to all inquiries within 7 days.

We will not be able to hold any dates requested until we have received all 6 pieces of the information listed above. Please provide your best estimate(s) according to your current plan for people/vehicles in attendance, dates, etc.

Program reservations for the 2020-2021 school year will open May 1st, 2020, at 8 am.

Left Image: Rangers with child dressed like a banana slug. Right Image: Ranger and children under a redwood tree.
Banana Slugs and Redwood Trees
Left Image: HHOS information at community event.  Right Image: Children play next to river bank.
HHOS Community Events
Left Image: Ranger dressed as a waiter with two kids.  Right Image: Ranger dressed as a logger with two kids.
Rangers wear many hats.
Left Image: Ranger with child dressed like banana slug.  Right Image: Children dress up like a condor.
Learn about Adaptations
Left Image: Ranger with child wearing bat wings.  Right Image: Child crawling under obstacle course.
Learning can be fun!
Three rangers and class take picture under Grandfather Spruce tree.
Photo op at Grandfather Spruce
Inside the kitchen area
Inside the kitchen/food preparation area
Left Image: HHOS eating area.  Right Image: Bathrooms
Dining area and restroom with flush toilets
Clivus privy in parking area and up another at the facility
Clivus privy at the parking area and another at the outdoor school facility
Left Image: HHOS cabin.  Right Image: Interior of cabin.
Cabin and cabin interior
cabin interior
Cabin interior with raised platform sleeping areas
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Last updated: May 22, 2020

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Mailing Address:

1111 Second Street
Crescent City, CA 95531


(707) 464-6101

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