FIELD TRIPS

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.


BASIC FIELD TRIP

Grades: K-12
Length: 3 hours
Cost: $10/student ($100 minimum)

Program Includes: 

  • Guided tour & discussion
  • Brick arch building instruction
  • Time for exploration of the domes

MINI YOUTH WORKSHOP

Grades: 3-12
Length: 5 hours
Cost: $25/student ($250 minimum)

Program Includes: 

  • Guided tour & discussion
  • Time for exploration of the domes
  • Hands-on instruction in laying Superadobe bag

FULL YOUTH WORKSHOP

Grades: 3-12
Length: 6 hours
Cost: $35/student ($350 minimum)

Program Includes: 

  • Guided tour & discussion
  • 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