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The Foothill Campus

Mission Statement

Foothill Horizons Outdoor school inspires connections to nature and one another. We provide an interactive outdoor science experience, a collaborative learning environment and personal growth opportunities through individual challenges. Foothill Horizons Outdoor School develops respectful global citizens dedicated to stewardship in their communities and beyond.

All facilities are ADA compliant and have heating and cooling. Chairs and tables are available for your gathering.

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Foothill Horizons entrance sign

Contact Us

21925 Lyons Bald Mountain
Sonora, CA 95370
(209) 532-6673




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The Ivie Building & Conference Rooms

Ivie Building

Ivie Foyer

Ivie Maple Room, Classroom

Ivie Maple Room & Whiteboard

Ivie Meadow Room

Ivie Meadow Room Whiteboard

The Ivie Nest Bedroom

Ivie Nest Accessible Bathroom

The Ivie building has two meeting rooms and is home to The Nest. The Nest is a private room with 2 twin beds and access to an ADA bathroom. The meeting rooms have a 40-person capacity. Each has: a sink, a large screen monitor (with HDMI) for presentations, can be combined through a shared door and has access to 2 bathrooms, a microwave, and a small refrigerator.

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The Foothill Campus

The Adventure Course

Foothill in the Snow

Students hiking outdoors through the trails

Out for a stroll through a meadow

Exploring Foothill Horizons outdoors

The Foothill Amphitheater

Foothill Amphitheater

Pathway bridge over one of the creeks

The Sky Tower

The MeWuk Village in the snow

Foothill Horizons is a California Department of Education (CDE) and California Outdoor School Association (COSA) certified residential outdoor school near the town of Sonora and set amid 143 acres of forest, meadows and creeks.  We are owned and operated by the Stanislaus County Office of Education.


The Dining Hall & Kitchen

Foothill Dining Hall

Dinning Hall Coffee Area

Dining Hall Kitchen

Dinning Hall & Fireplace

Dinning Hall & Board

Dinning Hall kitchen

Kitchen & Sliding Door

Our Dining Hall has two large fireplaces and seats 250 people. The stage has a screen with LCD projector, a microphone, and a sound system. Our full service, commercial kitchen is available for use by your caterer or kitchen crew.


The Retreat

Teachers' Retreat 

Teachers' Retreat Bedroom

Deck of teachers' retreat

Teacher's Retreat Kitchen & Fireplace

Teachers' Retreat Living Room

The Retreat has 6 bedrooms with 2 twin beds each. There are 3 bathrooms, a kitchenette, a stone fireplace and a meeting room that can accommodate 12 people. There is also a deck area with lovely forest views. A landline and Wi-Fi are available.

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The Pool

Intern Program Giant Sequora Building

FH Pool

Pool and Adventure Course

FH Pool

Foothill pool

The pool is available to rent with proof of a certified lifeguard. The pool is used by our Summer Camp program but is not used for our Outdoor Education programs.


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The Dormitories

Dorms Entry

Dorms Southside

Dorms Deck

Dorm Sinks

Dorm Showers

Dorm Topview

Dorm Meeting Room

New Bunks in Dorms

Student Dorms

This building has 12 dorm rooms, 6 on each side than can house up to 200 people. Both sides also have 2 crowd-sized bathrooms with shower stalls.Each side also has a meeting room equipped with mounted dry-erase boards.

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Key Contacts

Administration Team

Jessica Hewitt

Titles: Director III, Outdoor Education
Phone Numbers:
Work: 209-532-6673
Email questions:
  • Schedule a class for Outdoor Ed
  • Students with Special Needs
  • Busing & Transportation
  • Hiring

Clare Olson

Titles: Senior Administrative Assistant
Phone Numbers:
Work: 209-532-6673
Email questions:
  • Foothill Merchandise
  • Billing & Contracts
  • Outdoor Ed Paperwork
  • Site Rentals

Diann Rastetter

Titles: Assistant Director, Outdoor Education
Phone Numbers:
Work: 209-532-6673
Email questions:
  • The Counselor Program
  • Naturalist Internship
  • Website & Social Media

Alexander Frierson

Titles: Naturalist Coordinator
Phone Numbers:
Work: 209-238-1328
Email questions:
  • Weekly schedules
  • Evening Program
  • Technology Support

Lucas Smith

Titles: Health Clerk
Phone Numbers:
Work: 209-532-6673
Email questions:
  • Medication Administration
  • Health Concerns

Shannon Perez

Titles: Food Services Supervisor
Phone Numbers:
Work: 209-532-6673
Email questions:
  • Menus
  • Food Allergies
  • Special Diets

Patrick Hanson

Titles: Facilities Lead, Outdoor Education
Phone Numbers:
Work: 209-209-499-0733
Email questions:
  • Grounds & Maintenance
  • Vehicles

David Josephson

Titles: Lead Custodian
Phone Numbers:
Work: 209-532-6673