Teacher Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where Is the program site?
Great Basin Outdoor School hosts all overnight programs at Camp Galilee located directly on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe. This site offers spectacular views, heated cabins, and easy access to hiking trails and beautiful beaches providing the ideal place to explore nature. Single Day Science Excursions take place at a few different locations depending on the school's wishes. Some examples include Spooner Lake, Zephyr Cove, and Galena Creek.
2. How much do field trips cost?
Overnight Science Programs range in cost from $80 - $200 per student depending on the length of stay. Single Day Science Excursion prices are based on the activities and location of the field trip. Please contact us for more information.
3. How Long are field trips?
Spring and Fall programs are typically 4 days and 3 nights. During the winter season groups can choose between two days and one night, or three days and two nights. We also offer Single Day Science Excursions that your school can participate in during normal school hours.
4. Is there extra help for low-income schools?
Yes. Thanks to the support from our donors, GBOS is happy to offer scholarships and financial assistance whenever possible. We also have plenty of fundraising ideas for schools to defray costs. Please contact us for more information.
5. What type of accommodations are available for overnight programs?
Camp Galilee can accommodate 60 students during spring and fall programs in six heated cabins. During winter programs there are five cozy cabins available for 45 students (there is additional space for teachers and cabin leaders). While at Camp Galilee students stay in separate boys and girls cabins, each with its own restroom and shower. Teachers are provided their own separate cabin as well. The program site also offers an indoor recreation room, dining hall, outdoor amphitheater, and convenient beach access.
6. What is included in overnight program fees?
Along with the heated cabins listed above your program fees also include scrumptious meals in the camp dining hall. Camp Galilee staff prepares home-cooked organic meals for all campers and can accommodate all dietary restrictions. Program fees also include bus transportation to select sites during your stay, such as Spooner Lake for the wildlife and ecology hike, and Zephyr Cove during spring and fall. Please keep in mind that bus transportation to and from your school will need to be arranged by the teachers.
7. Who will be leading the students?
The Great Basin Outdoor School has a team of highly educated Naturalists who lead students through the curriculum. Our Naturalists all have degrees and extensive background in education, ecology, and the natural sciences.
8. What standards are met?
Great Basin Outdoor School has devoted long hours to create an interactive curriculum that aligns with NV State Standards, Common Core Standards, & Next Generation Science Standards. Please see our curriculum standards page for more information.