Outings

MARIN ACADEMY OUTINGS Fall 2019

First round of sign-ups open Wednesday 9/11!

Link to online sign-up sheet: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeEs1yF_XL9hR8-TlVZJtxkgUgYNUqKMBByR5SBvmYJckA8dw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Introduction

Getting Outside in a Changing World

“It matters what matters we use to think other matters with; it matters what stories we tell to tell other stories with; it matters what knots knot knots, what thoughts think thoughts, what descriptions describe descriptions, what ties tie ties. It matters what stories make worlds, what worlds make stories.”

-Donna J. Haraway, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene

It’s Tuesday, the weather just shifted cooler,
and I’m thinking of Donna Haraway’s ideas about staying with the trouble. It isn’t always solace to go outside, when being outside reminds you of what’s changing: unseasonably hot late August days with awhiff of smoke from above Spirit Rock on the breeze;the blissful brimming of the creeks a reminder of the unknowable way this changing world will remake itselfin answer to our actions. It can be tempting to avoid the burned-black line on the horizon, to stay in the cool cave of my room setting down a recently completed book just to pick up another.

I’ve done plenty of such cocooning this summer, and it has an important place, but I’ve also been pushing against that impulse. I’ve been walking the hour and a half from Fairfax to San Rafael for work, watching the flowers bloom and dry and cede to the next flowers, and the cactus fruits over Sir Francis Drake Boulevard ripen. I’ve been pausing in a day of errands to scurry up Baltimore Canyon and wonder whether today’s a day when the fog river will pour over Tam or not, and how the redwoods feel about the whole thing. Dropping in on Liz’s BlendEd course on wilderness, I got to listen to Matthew Johnson of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria speak on the past, present and future of his ancestral lands, and to hear former Park Historian Dewey Livingston wade into the complex history of ranchers out on the Point Reyes Peninsula. All these encounters remind me of the importance of being in this world: playing, witnessing, serving, exploring, engaging deeply and multimodally with this extraordinary place we live.

There’s nothing like assembling a catalog—calling on your community to dream up 30 trips in alittle less than a week—to remind me of the wondersof our home. In the next 4 months, MA students have the chance to surf at Stinson, rock climb in Sonoma, cook in the garden, backpack in the Sierras and the Santa Cruz Mountains, kayak in Tomales Bay and Elkhorn Slough, and hike or run or meander alongtrails and beaches throughout the Bay Area. I urge youto peer through the pages of this catalog and imagine yourself out there, whether for the first or thousandth time, learning your edges and how to push them, building new friendships and encountering new angleson the wild, urban, rural, industrial, suburban, andinterconnected places and spaces around us. I invite you out, to join us, to build and live new stories, to seewhat and who we are becoming.

To borrow Julie’s simple, perfect catchphrase:Get Outside, MA!

Leslie Beach (‘04)Interim MA Outings DirectorFall 2019

Catalog

Welcome to the Outings Catalog for MARIN ACADEMY OUTINGS Fall 2019! Click on an outing to learn more.

OLE CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE (Free) Free

Leslie Beach & Another Avid Adventurer

Sat, Nov 16:
8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Start Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 8:00 am

End Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Day Trip
Whole Day
Wilderness
PE Credit
Free

This trip is a container for OLE (Outdoor Leadership Emphasis) students to imagine, plan and make manifest the day trip of their choosing. The coast,
the mountains, redwood forests and open meadow are all options – we’ll
see where the group’s desires and decision-making skills take them. Over the course of the day, each group member will try their hand at leading the group as we hone the leadership principles we’ve learned and we continue to explore how our self and group leadership are interrelated. Oh yes – we’ll also eat delicious things, explore beautiful country, and, perhaps most importantly, be together. We’ll leave by 8 am and be back at MA by 6 pm.

7 Students

ALCATRAZ SUNRISE CEREMONY ($15) $15

Gerardo Molinari & Another Animated Ally

Thu, Nov 28:
4:00 am to 11:00 am

Start Date: Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 4:00 am

End Date: Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 11:00 am

Day Trip
PE Credit
Day Trip
Morning
PE Credit

Did you know that Alcatraz island was occupied by Native Americans from November 20, 1969 to June 11, 1971? This 19-month occupation claimed land that rightfully belonged to Native Americans under the Treaty of Fort Laramie,which stated that all retired, abandoned or out-of-use federal land was to bereturned to the Native people who once occupied it. On Thanksgiving Day, come celebrate this precedent for Native American activism and honor native ancestors and future generations with Native Americans from all over Turtle Island with a sunrise ceremony on Alcatraz Island. We will leave MA at 4am, drive into San Francisco and board the ferry by 5am. We will return to MA no later than 11am. Please bring a daypack with water, and wear warm layers and comfortable walking shoes.

8 Students

COOKING WITH FIRE INNING! ($16) $16

Taylor Tan & Karen Jacobsen

Sat, Oct 19:
4:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Start Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 4:00 pm

End Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 8:30 pm

Day Trip
"In-ing" (On Campus)
Garden
Cooking
Food
Evening

Join us in the MA Garden for an afternoon and evening of cooking over open fire. Not a professional chef yet? No worries! We’ll be teaching cooking fundamentals like knife skills, lighting camp stoves, and the fine art of cooking over open fire. We’ll meet up in the circle on Saturday in the late afternoon and set up camp in the garden. We’ll make an early dinner, utilizing the fire pit and cast-iron cookware. Do some baking in the fire pit while enjoying the sunset and telling stories. After dinner, we’ll pack up, and clean up, and head out by around 8-8:30 pm, leaving plenty of time to finish upweekend homework.

While this outing will definitely have a cooking and eating focus, no prior experience in the kitchen is required. However, a love of delicious food anda willingness to try new things will be essential. You’ll also need layers of clothing, something to eat out of and with, something to drink out of, and a healthy appetite. We will tailor the menu to the likes and dislikes (and allergies!) of the group so we will schedule a lunch meeting for before our inning to discuss options.

8 students

INTRO TO BACKPACKING IN THE SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS ($75) $75

Leslie Beach & Tanvi Dharap

Fri, Oct 11 to Sun, Oct 13

Start Date: Friday, October 11, 2019 at 3:00 pm

End Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 4:00 pm

Overnight Trip
PE Credit
Backpacking
Overnight
PE Credit
Mountains
Beach

If you’ve always wanted to try a backpacking trip, or if you’ve been on a couple and are looking to hone your skills, this could be your golden opportunity. We’ll be streamlining systems and building skills on a mellow but stunning trip in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

On Friday, we’ll leave just after school, and head for Big Basin State Park. We’ll hike in about a mile to Twin Redwoods Camp, where we’ll set up and make dinner, then have a fire (weather allowing) or go for a night hike. On Saturday, we’ll pack up and move to nearby Alder Camp—a brief change
that lets us practice our camp set-up skills—then go on the day hike of our choosing, through redwoods, bay laurel, alders, madrones, and oaks, complete with ocean views. On Sunday, we’ll hike out on the early side so we can spend some time at the beach and get burritos in Pescadero on our way home. We’ll be back at MA by 4pm.

7 Students

WOMEN(ISH) IN THE WOODS! ($45) $45

Juliet Dana & Olivia Bronson

Fri, Oct 4 to Sat, Oct 5

Start Date: Friday, October 4, 2019 at 3:00 pm

End Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Overnight Trip
PE Credit
Overnight
Wilderness
Camping
PE Credit

Do you identify as female/femme/trans/genderqueer/idk AND like spending time outside but don’t always know how, or where to start? Or, that’s how you identify and you feel most at home sleeping under the stars? If so, this overnight outing is for you!

In our two days together, we will dive deep into questions about our identity and belonging in our own public lands of Marin. We will depart after school on Friday for a long sunset ramble in Tennessee Valley. After that we will make our way to China Camp State Park where we will spend the night and the following day. In this short but sweet adventure you can expect to do all your favorite ice breakers that you say you hate but secretly love, participate in group discussions that center self-reflection and debunking patriarchal myths about the so called “Wilderness,” engage in embodied practices, play fun games, and develop a reciprocal relationship with the natural world.

7 students

MA INWARD BOUND: MINDFULNESS IN THE GARDEN ($30) $30

Mark Stefanski, Tania Bettis & Invited Guests

Four Sunday Evenings 5:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. September 22nd & 29th, October 13th & 20th, 2019

Date: Four Sunday Evenings 5:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. September 22nd & 29th, October 13th & 20th, 2019

Day Trip
"In-ing" (on campus)
Garden
Mindfulness
Evening

If you are interested in ways to reduce stress, build greater self-awareness,and make better decisions according to your own interests and values — all inthe relaxed natural setting of the MA garden — then this series of “innings”is for you. You will take part in engaging and fun activities that help build greater mindfulness - the ability to pay attention, in the moment, with kindness and curiosity, so we can choose our behavior. Adopting a program designed for teens by the internationally-recognized non-profit, Mindful Schools (http://www.mindfulschools.org), you will learn meditation skills that will help you to manage impulses and difficult emotions, providing you with tools to become a more happy, confident and compassionate person
both in and out of school. By conducting the activities in a natural setting, and focusing some of our experiential explorations into our interdependencewith the rest of nature, you will gain a greater sense of connectedness andappreciation for our human place in nature. And, perhaps most fun of all, you will participate in preparing and consuming a delicious communal potluckdinner, using some ingredients gleaned from our garden. In addition tomeditation and body movement exercises, you will have the opportunity toenjoy some student-led discussions, gardening, journaling and art.

To create community and provide you with the best benefits of the program, we ask that you commit to attending at least 3 out of the 4 Sunday evening sessions offered.

Offered to 15 sophomores, juniors and seniors

For questions and further information, please contact MA science teacher and mindfulness educator, Mark Stefanski, at mstefanski@ma.org

BON TEMPE AFTERNOON TRAIL RUN (Free) Free

Ellie Beyers & Juliet Dana

Tue, Dec 3:
2:30 pm to 4:45 pm

Start Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 2:30 pm

End Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 4:45 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Running
After School
Day Trip
Water
PE Credit

Here’s another run for those among us who think, “I definitely would go on arun if someone else was going.”

Join Ellie and Juliet for a trip up to Bon Tempe Lake in Fairfax. The trail around the reservoir is about 4 miles and features a relatively-flat but scenic journey through bay laurel, redwoods, wide-open fields, and narrow single-track sections. Any level of runner is welcome. Some of us will run ~10-minute miles, some of us will stop a few times to walk, and we can all enjoy a morning out in the beautiful open space of the Marin Municipal Water District. If our group has interest and experience, we can add a spur to our route to make therun a little longer.

We will meet leave MA at 2:30 pm right after C block, drive about 25 minutes to the trailhead, run, have a snack, and return to school by 4:45 pm back in time to catch the bus.

8 students

SURFING STINSON ($105) $105

Daniel Colón & Gerardo Molinari

Sun, Oct 13:
7:45 am to 2:30 pm

Start Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 7:45 am

End Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 2:30 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Surfing
Beach
Day Trip
Morning
PE Credit

Want to try a day of surfing at our local break in Stinson? We will leave from MA in the early morning (7:45 am) to meet with Nicki, our surf instructor, in Bolinas. Her basic surfing lesson will build your confidence whether you’ve never surfed before or you are the occasional surfer. After a shared picnic lunch we will return to MA around 2:30pm. You must be a proficient swimmer for this adventure. Wetsuits and surfboards will be provided. Bring something to share for lunch, your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, sun hat, warm layers and a wooly hat.

Please note - you need to complete two waivers for this outing: the standard Marin Academy Outings Permission Form and a waiver for the lesson. Both must be turned into the Outings Office to secure your spot on this Outing.

Let’s go surfing!

14 students

MENDOCINO RUNNING & HIKING ($50) $50

Liz Gottlieb & Another Rambunctious Runner

Sat, Nov 9 to Sun, Nov 10

Start Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 12:30 pm

End Date: Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 4:00 pm

Overnight Trip
PE Credit
Running
Camping
Overnight
Wilderness
PE Credit

Join us for this running and hiking car camping adventure in Mendocino. Participants should expect to hike OR run on Saturday and Sunday. We will hike/run one of the most beautiful trails in the world. The trail adventure takes you through a lush fern canyon, through a Redwood grove, into a Pygmy forest and ends in a cabbage patch bog! This is one of the most beautiful transition zones along the coast. After exploring this transect, participants will hike along the headlands of the Mendocino coast and explore the town of Mendocino. This trip is perfect for a new camper. The only requirement is that you are able to hike or run 5 miles. (Saturday, November 9 leave MA at 12:30 pm, Sunday, November 10 return to MA @ 4:00 pm)

12 students

HIKE AND BEACH CLEAN-UP AT TENNESSEE VALLEY (Free) Free

James Hughes & Another Coastal Companion

Sat, Sep 21:
8:00 am to 12:30 pm

Start Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 8:00 am

End Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 12:30 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Hike
Community Action
Beach
PE Credit
Day Trip

September 21st is California Coastal Clean-Up Day, and we’re heading to Tennessee Valley & Beach to help out! We’ll meet on campus at 8:30, drive to the trailhead, and hike a brief but lovely 2 miles to the beach. We’ll spend a few hours picking up trash, pausing for snacks and scenery absorption, hike back out, and return to MA by 12:30pm. Dress in layers, wear sunscreen andbring a water bottle!

18 students

RUNNING ON THE PACIFIC PLATE ($35) $35

Liz Gottlieb & Moriah Buckley

Fri, Aug 16 to Sat, Aug 17

Start Date: Friday, August 16, 2019 at 9:00 am

End Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Overnight Trip
PE Credit
Running
Camping
Backpacking
Overnight
PE Credit

Running is fun, and even more fun in a National Seashore! We will meet at MA at 9 am and head out to Point Reyes. We’ll run on the Bear Valley trail out and back 3-9 miles, then head to Sky Camp parking and hike a mile to our campsite. After we set up camp, we’ll hike down to the beach at Coast Camp for a picnic lunch and beach hang. Then we’ll go back to camp for dinner, sleep where the fogline rises and falls, and get up the next morning to run the Coast Camp Loop. We’ll have brunch at camp, hike out to the van, and do a day hike on the Muddy Hollow trail, then return to campus by 3pm.

8 Students

KAYAKING IN TOMALES BAY ($175) $175

Molly Tanner & Sanjai Moses

Sun, Oct 13:
8:00 am to 1:30 pm

Start Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 8:00 am

End Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Kayaking
Water
Day Trip
Morning
Half Day
PE Credit

Do you love being on the water? Do you love seeing wildlife? Do you love exploring Point Reyes? Come kayaking with us on a naturalist-led tour exploring the beautiful coastal inlet, Tomales Bay! We should see osprey, harbor seals, and pelicans! The water will be calm as it is protected by the Point Reyes Peninsula and we will be in steady double kayaks.

We will meet at MA at 8am and return by 1:30pm. No kayaking experience or equipment is necessary. Snacks will be provided.

6 Students

ASTRONOMY DAY AT THE ROBERT FERGUSON OBSERVATORY IN SUGARLOAF RIDGE STATE PARK ($15) $15

Jon Bretan & Another Avid Astronomer

Sat, Oct 5:
1:00 pm to 11:55 pm

Start Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 1:00 pm

End Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 11:55 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Astronomy
Science
Day Trip
Evening
Night

We will spend the day at the Robert Ferguson Observatory (www.rfo.org) in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. What can we look at during the day? The Sun! With proper equipment, of course! We will observe the Sun and all its spots from 2-3pm, then we will hike the planet walk, a double-scale model of the solar system along a 2.5 mile stretch of trail (5 miles round trip). We will have a potluck dinner, attend an astronomy lecture and then participate in the “star party,” where many come and bring telescopes to complement the three already at the observatory. We will enjoy the sky until about 11pm, and then return to MA around midnight. THIS OUTING IS DEPENDENT UPON THE WEATHER.

16 students

GOAT ROCK CLIMBING ($30) $30

Leslie Beach, Hannah Hohle, & Grace Anderson

Sun, Oct 6:
5:00 am to 4:00 pm

Start Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 5:00 am

End Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 4:00 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Climbing
Day Trip
Whole Day
PE Credit

Sitting above and on the ocean, Goat Rock is an epic California climbing destination for both bouldering and top roping. Bouldering is a form of climbing without the use of a rope or harness, while top roping requires tying yourself onto a rope that is anchored to the rock (and allows you to safely gain more elevation than bouldering). No climbing experience necessary, just a desire to push your comfort zone and spend time outside! If you’re looking to gain some experience rock climbing and enjoy the beautiful NorCal coast, this trip is for you.

We will leave MA at the early hour of 5am and drive a few hours up the coast to Goat Rock to learn the basics of climbing, have a picnic lunch, and return to MA by 4pm.

7 students

SEA KAYAKING AND CAMPING ON TOMALES BAY ($345) $345

Ian Hodges & Juliet Dana

Mon, Nov 25 to Tue, Nov 26

Start Date: Monday, November 25, 2019 at 8:00 am

End Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Overnight Trip
PE Credit
Overnight
Kayaking
Water
Beach
PE Credit
Camping

Some of the best campsites at Point Reyes are on the beaches of Tomales Bay, and the only way to get there is by kayak! We’ll head up to West Marin on Monday morning where we’ll meet up with our kayaking guides at Point Reyes Outdoors. The group will then set out for a 2-3 hour paddle to a remote beach where we’ll make camp and spend some time relaxing and exploring. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for seals, tule elk, otters and all the rest - We’ll feast on the beach on Monday night before spending the night in our tents or under the stars. We’ll wake on Tuesday morning to explore the shoreline a bit more before paddling home.

All are welcome! No kayaking experience necessary, but you should be ready for two long days on the water in possibly cold (and wet) conditions. We’ll leave MA early Monday morning (8 or earlier!) and will return to campus between 3-5pm on Tuesday.

10 Students

STRATEGY AND FITNESS USING POKÉMON GO (Free) Free

Marci Velando & Shawn Cole

Mon, Sep 30:
8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Start Date: Monday, September 30, 2019 at 8:30 am

End Date: Monday, September 30, 2019 at 5:30 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Urban
Hike
Day Trip
PE Credit

Marci walks 50 miles a week playing Pokémon Go; Shawn taught a class about it. Experience the game that crossed 1 billion worldwide downloads earlier this year! If you’ve never played but wanted to try, or if you’re even more diehard than we are, either way come join us for some behind-the-scenes POGO knowledge and a solid day of pursuing rare virtual creatures.

According to Niantic Labs, “The design goals of Pokémon Go are to get people exercising, teach them to ‘see the world with new eyes,’ and to break the ice for people to have adventures with strangers.” On this outing, students will use the app on an urban hike in San Francisco and tour Niantic headquarters.

Ferry will depart from Larkspur at 9:20am, and return at 4:45pm. Students will need good walking shoes, an iPhone or Android device, battery pack/ charging cable recommended. Please bring $35 for ferry tickets and lunch.

7 Students

PHOENIX LAKE AFTERNOON TRAIL RUN (Free) Free

Juliet Dana & Abby French

Fri, Sep 13:
2:00 pm to 4:45 pm

Start Date: Friday, September 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm

End Date: Friday, September 13, 2019 at 4:45 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Running
After School
Day Trip
Water
PE Credit

This outing is for those among us who think, “I definitely would go on a run if someone else was going.” Let us plan the details for you ;) Join Abby and Juliet for a quick trip to Phoenix Lake in Ross. The trail around the reservoir is about 3 miles and features a relatively-flat but scenic journey through bay laurel, redwoods, wide-open fire road, and narrow single-track sections. Any level of runner is welcome — of course, cross-country team members are welcome, AND we especially encourage runners (or aspiring runners) who aren’t running cross country to come enjoy a group running experience. Some of us will run ~10-minute miles, some of us will stop a few times to walk, and we can all enjoy a few hours out in the beautiful open space of Mt. Tam. If our group has interest and experience, we can add a spur to our route to makethe run a little longer, but we will check in together about this ahead of time!

We will meet leave MA at 2 pm (missing the end of C block), drive about 15 minutes to the trailhead, run, have a snack, and return to school by 4:45 pmback in time to catch the bus.

8 students

MT TAM SUNRISE SUMMIT ($25) $25

Jon Bretan & Stella Beale

Sat, Sep 21:
5:00 am to 11:00 am

Start Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

End Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 11:00 am

Day Trip
PE Credit
Morning
Day Trip
Hike
Astronomy

Mt. Tamalpais, the “sleeping maiden” of Marin County, is not a very tall mountain, but parts of it are rather rugged. While the vernal equinox is a few days before, the Sun will still rise almost due west at 7:09am on Saturday, March 23rd. We will meet at MA at 5am and head to Summit Ave in Mill Valley, and start our trek up the Temelpa Trail, with the goal of summiting
Mt Tam before sunrise (about 1.5 miles to the top), just in time for some Instagram-worthy photos. We will head back down a different route, completing a 5-mile loop. We’ll stop and get breakfast at the Dipsea Café before heading back to school (cost of the Outing is for breakfast and gas).

7 students

SUNSET TIDEPOOL SESH (Free) Free

Leslie Beach, Maya Morales & Karen Jacobsen

Sun, Oct 27:
3:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Start Date: Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 3:30 pm

End Date: Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Day Trip
Evening
Beach
Water
Science
PE Credit
Free

This fall’s full of evening low tides, which offers the chance for a sunset tide pool session! We’ll gather at MA at 3:30, head out to Agate Beach in Bolinas, and spend an hour or two seeking nudibranchs, hermit crabs, chitons, cool algae, maaayyybe even an elusive octopus (in Leslie’s dreams!) as the sky turns pink and purple. The sun dips below the horizon at 6:18 pm, and the lowest tide follows close behind: 0.1 feet hits at 6:34 pm. We’ll eat a potluck picnic dinner in the afterglow and be back to campus by 8pm at the latest.

14 Students

STARGAZING, NIGHTTIME PHOTOGRAPHY & TRANSIT OF MERCURY ($40) $40

Jon Bretan & Another Planetary Passenger

Sun, Nov 10 to Mon, Nov 11

Start Date: Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 3:00 pm

End Date: Monday, November 11, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Overnight Trip
PE Credit
Camping
Overnight
Astronomy
Science
PE Credit

Come and partake in the oldest science humanity has practiced! We will camp at Lake Sonoma, spending the night looking at the sky, through binoculars and telescopes, and we will also learn how to photograph some of the brighter objects we see in the heavens. No prior camping experience is necessary—these Outings are also great introductions to spending the night outdoors! We will depart from MA at by 3pm and return before noon the next day. Additionally, there is a special astronomical event that will be visible on the morning of Monday, November 11: a Transit of Mercury! As the sun is rising, the planet Mercury will be in the process of passing in front of the Sun from our perspective on Earth. While not as rare as a Transit of Venus, this event only happens 13-14 times per century. THIS OUTING IS DEPENDENT UPON THE WEATHER.

16 students

BIOLUMINESCENT KAYAKING IN THE BAY! ($185) $185

Abby French & Diane Boodrookas

Thu, Oct 24:
3:45 pm to 10:00 pm

Start Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 3:45 pm

End Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 10:00 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Kayaking
Water
Evening
Day Trip
Midweek
PE Credit
Night

Can you make water glow and sparkle? Wrap up your (short) school week with an evening kayaking trip in Tomales Bay to experience bioluminescence (glowing green dinoflagellates)! We’ll depart at 3:45 pm and stop in Point Reyes for an early dinner before embarking on our three-hour paddle. We’ll arrive back at MA around 10 pm.

16 Students

ANGELS ASCEND THE DEVIL’S PEAK ($15) $15

Rachel Kernodle & Aaron Fulk

Sat, Nov 2:
7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Start Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 7:00 am

End Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 4:00 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Hike
Day Trip
Whole Day
PE Credit

Have you ever wanted to climb up the devil? Do you never venture into the east bay? Does math scare you? Face your fears with Rachel and Aaron on
a hike up Mt. Diablo in the east bay during the late fall/early winter. This
is a fairly strenuous hike with a distance of 13 miles and over 3,000 feet of elevation gain...and stunning views of the entire bay. Plus, you may even get to hear Rachel sing a selection of musical numbers, Aaron drone on aboutnerdy data analytics, or maybe we will hike in silence if you get annoyed withthose other options. If that doesn’t entice you, then your bar for thrills is just too high. Honestly, this should be tons of fun during the doldrums of the firstsemester. Mt. Diablo is one of the iconic landmarks of the bay area that yousee everywhere and likely don’t think about!

We will leave early on Saturday (~7AM) from campus and should return around 4PM. Given that the hike is strenuous, you should feel a little confident in your fitness level; however, this is also a great opportunity tochallenge yourself in a familiar setting! You will need snacks, water, andsturdy hiking boots. That’s it...and tolerance for singing (really, Rachel and Aaron sing a lot on outings). Join us!

8 Students

MARIN HEADLANDS RAMBLE ($10) $10

Alex Brown & Juliet Dana

Mon, Sep 23:
11:30 am to 5:00 pm

Start Date: Monday, September 23, 2019 at 11:30 am

End Date: Monday, September 23, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Day Trip
Midweek
Beach
PE Credit

Come hang out at the beach! Spend an afternoon wandering around the Marin Headlands seeing the sights, from stunning views of Golden Gate Bridge to the history of Fort Cronkhite and the old military Batteries to card games at Rodeo Beach. We might also visit the Marine Mammal Center and the Native Plants Nursery, time permitting.

All are welcome! This is an easy trip but there will be some walking. Wear comfortable shoes, and bring water. We’ll have snacks, but if you want food then bring some – there is no food in the Headlands. We’ll depart from MA immediately after Assembly and return about 5pm, in time for the late bus.

8 students

AFTERNOON ADVENTURE ON THE PACIFIC PLATE (Free) Free

Ellie Beyers & Molly Tanner

Thu, Nov 7:
12:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Start Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 12:30 pm

End Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Hike
Day Trip
Science
PE Credit
Midweek

Join Ellie Beyers and Molly Tanner on Thursday, November 7 for a hiking adventure on the Pacific Plate. Point Reyes Peninsula has been described as one of the most biologically diverse places in North America. On this outing, students will hike 4 to 6 miles through multiple ecological communities. Students interested in hiking, geology, ecology, natural history, mushrooms (fungi) or photography would enjoy this outing!

We will leave school at 12:30 pm, missing F block, and return to MA at 5:00 pm. Bring comfortable hiking shoes/sneakers, water bottle, snacks, a rainjacket, and layers.

6 students

EXPLORE YOUR WHITENESS IN THE WILDERNESS! ($200) $200

Olivia Bronson & Claire Whitmer

Sat, Nov 9 to Mon, Nov 11

Start Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 9:00 am

End Date: Monday, November 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Overnight Trip
PE Credit
Overnight

This outing brings together the inquiry about whiteness & privilege intoconnection with nature –both the nature of our bodies and the largerplanetary nature we are a part of. During our days together on the Point Reyes National Seashore, we will explore frameworks for understanding whiteness and white fragility as an embodied system; practice somatic centering; take solo nature wanders, engage in large group sharing / witnessing, and more! We see nature not as a place to “unplug” from our daily realities and the systems we’re in, but rather as an invitation to plug into them with a stance of anti-oppression.

This is a practice space for students who identify as white and either female, femme, trans, and/or genderqueer/nonconforming. We, as facilitators, represent white, upper-middle class, queer, able-bodied, and cis-female identities. We will be working directly with whiteness & white supremacy on this outing, and we believe in the practice of affinity spaces which respects the boundaries of POC who should not be expected to give their efforts to this work. We will depart Marin Academy by 9am on Saturday, November 9th and return Monday by 2pm.

PHOENIX-2-MILKSHAKES ($10) $10

Taylor Tan & Karen Jacobsen

Sun, Nov 10:
6:00 am to 5:00 pm

Start Date: Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 6:00 am

End Date: Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Hike
Day Trip
Whole Day
Wilderness
Food
PE Credit

Join us as we hike from central Marin to the Pacific Ocean! We’ll start our morning at Phoenix Lake and wander our way around reservoirs, through cool redwood forests and over Mt. Tamalpais. Along the way we’ll chat, sing, and take in the incredible natural beauty Marin has to offer. We’ll eventually pop out of the woods onto a rolling grassy ridge that drops to the ocean. After enjoying the breathtaking views of the coast we’ll descend to the sea where milkshakes and burgers await us at The Parkside snack shack in the early-afternoon. We will also hang out on the beach for a bit!

At the end of the day, we’ll hop in our chariot (read: MA van), which will be parked at Stinson already. We should be back by 5PM at the latest, earlier if we feel like it. You need to be in reasonable shape for this, but you don’t need any hiking experience. There are both steep uphill and downhill sections of this trail so if you have weak knees or ankles, consider your footwear carefully. You will need sturdy hiking shoes and a daypack with layers, a raincoat, a sizeable snack or three, a water bottle, and some cash if you’d like a burger or shake. Join us on our perfect Marin day-adventure.

6 students

CAMPING AND KAYAKING ELKHORN SLOUGH ($110) $110

Leslie Beach & Avi Conant

Fri, Oct 25 to Sat, Oct 26

Start Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 at 1:00 pm

End Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Overnight Trip
PE Credit
Overnight
Camping
Beach
Kayaking
Water
PE Credit

Elkhorn Slough, a long body of brackish water just south of Santa Cruz, occupies a unique nature-culture place in the California Coast. Tucked in behind the Moss Landing Power Plant, this fascinating estuary offers the possibility of peaceful encounters with wild creatures and a unique angle on the industrial history of the region. From the website of a group of organizations partnering to conserve the slough: “Meandering seven miles inland from the coast in the center of the picturesque Monterey Bay, the Elkhorn Slough harbors the largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside of San Francisco Bay. This biologically rich estuary provides habitat for a diversity of resident and migratory birds, plants, marine mammals and fish, and has been identified as a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Birding Conservancy.”

In order to make the most of this trip, we’ll meet at MA at 1pm on Friday and head south. We’ll get burritos in Santa Cruz, and camp at Sunset State Beach. We’ll rise early, get to the slough by 10, and kayak with a guide from Venture Quest Kayaks in Santa Cruz, keeping our eyes out for otters, shorebirds, and other charismatic critters. We’ll eat lunch near the shore and head back to MA, arriving home by 5pm on Saturday.

7 Students

DESOLATION WILDERNESS BACKPACKING ($50) $50

Stella Beale & Liz Gottlieb

Fri, Oct 4 to Sun, Oct 6

Start Date: Friday, October 4, 2019 at 9:50 am

End Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Overnight Trip
PE Credit
Backpacking
Wilderness
Mountains
Overnight
PE Credit

“The Mountains Are Calling!” Join us for an incredible three-day backpacking trip in the Desolation Wilderness. We will begin our hike at the Fallen Leaf Lake trailhead and climb out of the forest, towards Aloha Lake which sits at just over 8,000 feet. On our second day, we will backpack to Triangle lake and then climb up Keith’s Dome. On the final day, we will descend 2,000 feet and return to Fallen Leaf Lake. This trip is open to all levels of backpackers; beginners to experienced hikers. We will practice backcountry skills throughout the trip. We will cover between 13 to 28 miles over the course of three days depending on trail conditions. We will leave Friday after tutorial and return Sunday late afternoon.

6 students

Let's Get Stealthy ($25) $25

Taylor Tan & Olivia Bronson

Sat, Nov 23:
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Start Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 9:00 am

End Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Day Trip
Wilderness
PE Credit

When you see the words “scouting” or “stealth” what do you think of first? Chances are, you go right to big machines, military recruitment commercials and/or camouflage. While stealth and scouting have long been surrounded bymilitaristic connotations, there is much more to them!

On this outing we will explore what it means to practice stealth and scouting outside patriarchal, paramilitaristic settings through the lens of survival and belonging. We will both learn about and practice skills of evasion, camouflage, reconnaissance and situational awareness. We will also discuss how stealthcraft has –and continues to be –an essential strategy of fitting into mainstream society. You can expect to play games, get dirty, and connect with each other and the natural world. We will depart by 9am on Saturday, November 23 and return by 5pm.

7 students

CAPOEIRA AT THE BEACH ($65) $65

Daniel Colón & Gerardo Molinari

Sun, Sep 29:
8:00 am to 2:30 pm

Start Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 8:00 am

End Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 2:30 pm

Day Trip
PE Credit
Dance
Day Trip
Half Day
PE Credit
Beach

Join us for an introduction to Capoeira, a non-contact martial art developed in Brazil centuries ago by slaves as a way to prepare for rebellion while masking their training from the slave masters as “simple singing and dancing.” Nowadays, capoeira is practiced competitively, but also has broader applications for self- defense and many capoeira schools serve as a tool to escape from poverty in Brazil.

For our outing, we will drive out to a beach on Sunday morning where we will: 1) talk a little about the history of capoeira; 2) have a good physical workout by learning and practicing the basic movements; and 3) learn to play the various percussion and string instruments, including the berimbau, atabaque, agogô, and the pandeiro (tambourine). After a shared picnic lunch we will return to MA around 2:30 pm. Still not sure? Check out videos onYouTube to see the cool things you can learn!

6 students

REDWOODS IN WINTER ($70) $70

Leslie Beach & Olivia Bronson

Fri, Dec 6 to Sun, Dec 8

Start Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 at 3:00 pm

End Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Overnight Trip
PE Credit
Backpacking
Camping
Wilderness
Science
PE Credit
Overnight

There are those who think camping is only for hot dry weather. We are not those. We think redwoods dripping with wintry goodness, hosting strange and magnificent fungus, inspiring long walks and the consumption of much hot chocolate to warm our chilly bones, possess their own magic.

We will leave MA after school on Friday and drive north for 4 hours to Humboldt Redwoods State Park. We’ll car camp the first night, then head out with our backpacks to one of the rustic Trail Camps, stopping for salamanders and banana slugs along the way. We’ll spend the night, possibly going for ahike under the waxing gibbous moon, and hike out the next day, returning toMA by 5 p.m.

7 Students

LICK OBSERVATORY VISIT + PRIVATE EVENING TOUR (WITH BRANSON) ($30) $30

Jon Bretan & TBD

Mon, Oct 21:
1:00 pm to 11:30 pm

Start Date: Monday, October 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm

End Date: Monday, October 21, 2019 at 11:30 pm

Day Trip
Astronomy
Science
Day Trip
Evening

The Lick Observatory, managed and maintained by the University of California, is a historical landmark on the summit of Mt. Hamilton in the South Bay and an important research observatory for the Berkeley and Santa Cruz campuses of the UC system in particular.  This Outing is a joint trip between Marin Academy and the Branson astronomy classes.  While you do not have to be in the MA Astrophysics course to attend this Outing, priority will be given to current Astro students.  We will leave MA at 1pm and return to MA around 11:30pm.  While at the Observatory, we will have the opportunity to observe through a 36” refractor, a particularly large optical telescope.

18 students maximum

Cost: $30

PE Credit Available

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