Bay Area Adventure

Camping at Pt. Reyes

Destination Overview

The Bay Area plays host to endless possibilities: wilderness areas, museums, city tours, service opportunities, and adventure. All are located in this spectacular region just minutes from the San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose airports. Point Reyes Seashore, Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay and City, and the Marin and Sonoma Coast regions are all within a short driving distance and accessible for your Bay Area Adventure. You can have both the excitement of the city and the tranquility of nature in the Bay Area.



Activity Potential

The Bay Area meets the diverse preferences of any group. Our team knows the Bay Area as it is Lifeschool’s backyard, and we create fun-filled experiences that mix city and nature, getting you off the typical tourist trail. Excursions can focus on time in nature and/or exploring San Francisco or Santa Cruz. The beauty of the Bay Area is that both are within your reach, sometimes simultaneously!



Service ProjectsHere’s a short list of just a few of the adventures you can have in the greater Bay Area:

    Point Reyes National Seashore – Visit a beautiful mountain range that falls right into the ocean. Opportunities include backpacking, swimming in lakes, beach games and campfires, a lighthouse tour, tidepooling, and mountain biking
    Tomales Bay – Experience a 2-day sea kayaking adventure camping on a remote beach
    Angel Island Overnight Trip – Ferry to Angel Island and take in gorgeous views of San Francisco from your campsite. There is also the option of participating in a service project to help preserve Angel Island State Park
    Santa Cruz – A gorgeous region just 60 miles south of San Francisco, Santa Cruz is famous for its surfing scene. Enjoy surfing or sea kayaking, or go for a walk, a day hike, or overnight backpacking trip in the redwoods and mountains of Santa Cruz. And don’t forget the Boardwalk!
    Monterey Bay – Visit the world-famous Monterey Aquarium
    Northern Sonoma County – Offers world-class tidepooling and coastal exploration
    San Francisco– Home of Cal Academy of Sciences, the Exploratorium, de Young Art Museum, and many more. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, catch a play or musical in the city or take a boat across to Alcatraz for the day. Play Frisbee in Golden Gate State Park and eat Chinese food in Chinatown! Walk through the historic districts of the City, including Haight Street, the Mission, and Fisherman’s Wharf. Stay in a San Fran youth hostel or camp just outside the city
    San Francisco Bay – Get out on the water with gorgeous views of San Francisco! Half or full day sea kayaking excursions.

City tour

Sample Itinerary

Here is an itinerary we developed for a school class trip in 2010. It is an example of the flow of a class trip for a group of graduating 8th graders.


    Day 1: Airport pickup and scenic drive to Point Reyes National Seashore; set up camp, short day hike, games and campfire at camp.
    Day 2: Lunch on the beach and then backpacking in Point Reyes National Seashore with a 1.3 mile hike to Sky Camp.
    Day 3: Backpacking in Point Reyes, 9 miles from Sky Camp to Wildcat Camp with gorgeous views of epic rocky coastline.
    Day 4: Layover at Wildcat Beach with beach games, day hike to waterfall, swimming at lakes, time for instructive clinics, teambuilding games, etc. according to the group’s preferences. Evening beach campfire with campfire stories and games.
    Day 5: Hike out 5 miles and go to Point Reyes Visitor Center for Service Project: Learn about indigenous cultures of the region with a native interpretive guide while working to improve trails and facilities at the Miwok Village constructed at Point Reyes. Afterwards, camp at a local state park.
    Day 6: Drive south to Santa Cruz for surfing, sea kayaking, and the best Taqueria in town! Evening campfire fun at a local state beach campsite.
    Day 7: Monterey Bay Aquarium and tour the historic town and scenic beachfront of Monterey. Evening campfire and closing ceremony.
    Day 8: Wake up early, drive to airport, return loaned gear, and time to say ciao for now!


You can get a more detailed, downloadable version of this here.


Look over these lists, let your imagination take off and plan the best, most perfect trip possible for your group!


Base price: $145 per student per day.


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