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FIELDGUIDES INCORPORATED

Enjoy, Learn About, and Care for the Outdoors

Hornbrook, CA   |  www.fieldguides.org

Mission

It is FIELDGUIDES' mission to provide quality outdoor education and environmental experiences for youth throughout Northern and Central California. We hope to foster all participants with a sense of stewardship and responsibility to the natural world, by having students, teachers, and parent chaperones sleep in tents or under the stars and be involved in a community style program where all individuals partake in all aspects of the program. Whether camping or backpacking we strive to immerse youth in the great outdoors to build their senses of self and community.

Ruling year info

1984

General Manager

Galen Camp

Manager

Travis Winter

Main address

P.O. BOX 270

Hornbrook, CA 96044 USA

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EIN

77-0006233

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

FIELDGUIDES works to address the effects of decreasing time spent outdoors by youth. The loss of time spent outside by youth effects their physical and mental health and also their sense of connection to the natural world. With time spent in front of screens increasing the risks of encountering addictive apps and targeted advertising is on the rise. These increases affect not only the amount of time youth spend outside exercising but also affect the ways in which they view and interact with other people and the world around them. The decreasing face-to-face interactions between people and limited time spent in contact with nature also makes addressing climate change an increasingly difficult task. Without a personal connection to the natural world and without the social skills to work collectively we will not be able to tackle the active threats climate change. The results of not spending time outdoors are as harmful to personal growth and health as they are to global health.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Malakoff Diggins Gold Rush

FIELDGUIDES' Malakoff Diggins program lets students experience California Gold Rush history first hand. Our program takes place in the beautiful Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park located in the Sierra Nevada foothills. These rolling yellow pine belt forests are the home to California's largest and most profitable hydraulic mining site during the Gold Rush, the Malakoff mine. Students at our programs get to explore the mine and marvel at the socially transformative and environmentally destructive powers of the gold rush. While learning about the Gold Rush's lasting impacts on California students also get to try their hands at gold panning along Humbug Creek, searching for quartz crystals in the old hydraulic mine and touring the cemetery and old ghost town of North Bloomfield, all guided by our wonderfully creative, informative, and fun staff. Participants are outside for multiple nights which brings them closer to nature and helps them foster a sense of stewardship for the Earth.

Population(s) Served
Students
Children and youth

FIELDGUIDES offers coastal science programs at varied locations along California's Central and Northern coastline. These programs offer activities and information such as tide pooling, waterway cleanups, California Native Indian History, and trips to lighthouses, bird observatory stations, and the Monterey Bay aquarium. Different programs combine different activities depending on teacher request and content desired. Along with the in field exploration is family style camping for all participants; sleeping in tents, eating outdoors, and sharing in all activities in a communal atmosphere. FIELDGUIDES blends educational content and environmental appreciation in a way we believe instills participants with a sense of stewardship and respect for nature, and leaves them with an experience they will remember for a lifetime.

Population(s) Served
Students
Children and youth

Our 6th Grade Program focuses on teamwork and communication as well as introduces students to a few basic wilderness skills including fire building, knot tying, and tarp setting. During 6th grade the students will go on a three day camping trip in the fall, followed-up by a two-night backpacking trip in the spring.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adolescents

Our 7th Grade Program focuses on problem-solving and collaboration. In 7th Grade the students will build upon their wilderness skills with a focus on navigation and map & compass. Students will go on a four day backpacking trip where the students will be responsible for leader major sections of the trip to practice their navigation and leadership skills.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adolescents

Our 8th Grade Program is designed to help students utilize all their skills and create a culminating backpacking expedition and community exhibition. Students will spend three days in the fall planning the food and route for their five day backpacking trip in the spring. They will also work to share what they have learned throughout their entire FIELDGUIDES experience with friends, family, and the wider community in a student-led and designed exhibition night.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adolescents

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are to get as many people outside and excited about interacting with each other and the natural world as we can. We believe that when people better understand themselves, others, and the natural world they are best able to make changes to positively impact any and all of those relationships. We work toward creating a self-actualized generation that works together to solve the challenges it faces. Foremost of these challenges are the threats posed by climate change. Our work in having youth spend time outdoors is all about getting them to enjoy, learn about, and care for the outdoors. We believe with this type of connection people are more likely to care about and make changes that will positively impact the health of our planet, and ultimately all those who dwell on it.


Our strategies are to educate and empower youth through instruction in environmental science and outdoor living skills. Through teaching youth about natural history, ecology, climate change, and other environmental sciences we empower them with both curiosity and knowledge about the world around. Through SEL and group building activities we challenge their critical thinking skills and build strong social ties. With outdoor living skills we support them to grow introspectively and gain self confidence. By increasing their self confidence, sense of community, and knowledge of the world around them we believe that they will both have the passion and the know how to make changes in the world where it is needed most. Our organization in particular believes changes in our relationship to the natural world needs to be rethought. We believe that this rethinking process is best done with a genuine love and appreciation for the planet, one that comes from spending time learning in it and from it.

Financials

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FIELDGUIDES INCORPORATED

Board of directors
as of 11/13/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lowell Fitch

Lowell Fitch

Martha Stryker

Wilson Mcfarlin

Naomi Rose

Dennis Von Elgg

Rebecca Eastman

Travis Winter

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/11/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data