Student and Educational Services
Brett Nelson, Director
Sly Park Environmental Education Center is a residential environmental education school in the Eldorado National Forest, operated by the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE). Originally leased by SCOE from the U.S. Forest Service in 1970, the facility is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains at an elevation of 3,500 feet. Sly Park lies approximately fifty miles east of Sacramento off Highway 50.
Sly Park is a unique learning environment where the classroom is outdoors. Students actively engage in hands-on field studies with credentialed teachers, learning about nature, the forest ecosystem, and the importance of conservation to our future.
More than 7,000 fifth- and sixth-grade students from Sacramento and surrounding counties visit Sly Park each year as part of their elementary education. High school students may also participate each week as volunteer Cabin Leaders. Most of the school districts in Sacramento County participate in the Sly Park program, as well as many districts in surrounding counties.
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