Youth field trips & workshops

Cal-Earth hosts over 500 children and teenagers annually for educational field trips and workshops. Our goal is to promote sustainable building through our youth education programs. 


This is the best field trip we’ve ever done! We never go places that we can touch things 
and now its like, 
TOUCH EVERYTHING!

Our hands-on approach engages children of all ages in learning through interactive exercises and storytelling for a truly fun and educational experience. We provide an introduction to alternative architecture for grades K-12. Cal-Earth's Youth Workshops offer an abridged version of the adult workshops to learn Superadobe building techniques. Join us at Cal-Earth for a day of learning through storytelling, exploration and play.

Children are encouraged to explore and play in, and on, the buildings throughout the site. Because the techniques developed and tested at Cal-Earth are simple, direct, and understood through the hands and senses, children can be full participants and easily gain a thorough understanding of the building methods taught.


field trips

A three hour adventure for students grades K-12

Grades: K-12
Length: 3 hours
Cost: *$15/student ($255 minimum)
*Discounted rates available for low-income schools/programs, please indicate this in the form and we will make accommodations as best as possible.

Program Includes: 

  • Guided tour & discussion

  • Brick arch building instruction

  • Time for exploration of the domes


youth workshops

We offer an expanded field trip with hands-on learning for grades 3-12

MINI YOUTH WORKSHOP

FULL YOUTH WORKSHOP

Grades: 3-12
Length: 5 hours
Cost: $25/student ($450 minimum)

Program Includes: 

  • Guided tour & discussion

  • Brick arch building instruction

  • Time for exploration of the domes

  • Hands-on instruction in laying Superadobe bag

Grades: 3-12
Length: 6 hours
Cost: $35/student ($525 minimum)

Program Includes: 

  • Guided tour & discussion

  • Brick arch building instruction

  • Time for exploration of the domes

  • Hands-on instruction in laying Superadobe bag

  • Application of Mud Plaster




Even children growing up in the Middle East, when asked to draw a house, will draw a pitched roof and chimney, even if they’ve never seen one outside a book ... That image of a pitched roof has destroyed more forests. I want to teach children to think of houses in the shape of bubbles and rainbows.
— Nader Khalili