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Gold Rock Outdoor Schools - Outdoor Education, Recreation and Conservation for Generations.

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Gold Rock Outdoor Schools:     

Historic Gold Rock Ranch, Welcome, we are headquartered in
Beautiful Southern California at Gold Rock Ranch
operating as a 501 3c non-profit agency following the philosophy
and standards set by the national Outdoor Camp organization.


Our school offers several outdoor educational opportunities. Click on the links and pictures for more information.

Dirt Bike School -  Offered Oct May $100/ per student. Price includes Dirt Bike use and Gear.

To view a 6 minute video overview of riding tips from AMA Supercross stars Ricky Carmichael, Chad Reed and Kevin Windham  just click the picture.

Family classes available. Check schedules by clicking link. Call us to register.  

ATV Rider course - Offered at our site Oct- May

Click on picture for all information and registration.

Tread lightly - Tread Lightly! is a non-profit organization offering educational materials, training courses, restoration opportunities, communication pieces and a variety of tools to help arm recreationists with a set of outdoor ethics.

Gold Rock Outdoor Schools - offers information, presentations and interpretative programs using Tread Lightly material. (Sept May)

Click on these links to Download fun activities and lessons to do at home.

Tread Lightly Kids Page: Desert Ecosystem

Desert Eco systems: includes 21 colorful pages of desert plant and wildlife information for the elementary school student 

Youth outreach Kit:  Download and print out our Youth Outreach Kit to help you teach outdoor ethics to kids!

Elementary Curriculum: A variety of activities provide insight into not only how to recreate responsibly but also some of the reasons why it is so important. The activities are designed to be interactive and promote critical thinking. They are adaptable to many grade levels and meet a variety of national standards.

On the Right Trail:  Interactive curriculum about outdoor recreation ethics for third through seventh grades.

As The Trail Turns:  Environmental Curriculum for Junior High Students. Explorations in Land Ethics is Tread Lightly's Jr. High Curriculum. It covers topics such as Sensitive Habitat, Map Reading and Sign Interpretation. Please utilize any or all of these lessons in your teaching situation.


ETHIC:   Educational Tools for Hunters: is a teaching aid for hunter education to assist in the development of ethical and responsible uses of outdoor resources with minimal impact on nature or on other outdoor users. This curriculum reflects the high priority placed on helping hunters become effective natural resource stewards and courteous outdoor users.


Take the Tread Pledge! 

Travel & recreate with minimum impact
Respect the environment and the rights of others
Educate yourself plan and prepare before you go
Allow for future use of the outdoors, by leaving it better than you found it
iscover the rewards of responsible recreation


Sound Education: Less sound = more ground. Educate yourself.
Get a free sound awareness check on your ATV or Dirt bike.
Click on the picture for all the info. Contact us if you would like become a certified volunteer.

 Young desert tortoise 

Desert Tortoise Education: Within the desert's fragile ecosystem, tortoise populations are rapidly diminishing; in some places they have disappeared. Losses are due to vandalism, raven predation, disease, collections for pets (now illegal), and habitat degradation. Habitat has been lost or damaged from mining, livestock grazing, development of desert lands for agriculture, sub-divisions, high-ways, industrial uses and off-road vehicle use.

Gold Rock Outdoor Schools educates the public on the Desert tortoise and utilizes volunteer patrols to clean up trash. The trash attracts the raven predator of the Desert Tortoise. Minimizing trash may help minimize the predator.

Virtual Field trip:  Desert Tortoise Natural Area Virtual Field Trip

Saving the Tortoise: Saving The Tortoise Desert Tortoise; Conservation in the South-western Deserts


NOHVCC Adventure Trail: A unique interactive educational program for youngsters and their parents regarding the safe and responsible operation of an off-highway vehicle. Adventure Trail poster series is available to any OHV group, dealer, or land management organization that wishes to utilize it at their events or dealerships. The ten 2-foot by 3-foot posters are easy to display and are a great compliment to any event as well as helping to ensure a positive future for OHV recreation.

Gold Rock Outdoor Schools operates the Adventure trail daily November through May at Gold Rock Ranch and provides a portable display for special events.


Leadership and Volunteer Training: If you are interested in volunteering in this field contact us regarding scholarship for this training


Geology: Gold Rock Ranch has been a favorite rock hound location for several years.

Gold Rock Outdoor Schools provides a Gold panning trough and several rock and mineral species to view at the site daily from November through May. Field trips are coordinated through partnering with other organizations.

Historic Tumco mines.  History: Self-guided storyboards and a small museum at Gold Rock Ranch show pictures and timelines telling the history of the Tumco Gold mining area. Click on the

There is no cost to visit. Open Thanksgiving- April 1  

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Contact Information:

Please contact Cindy Szloboda at the following addresses, or  e-mail address listed below.

Our corporate address is:  609 340 W 32nd Street Yuma AZ  85365 

Our Camp and Training Center is at:  2401 Gold Rock Ranch Road Winterhaven CA  92283


E-mail: Cindy

We are located just 12 miles west of Yuma on I-8, then north on S-34 (Ogilby Road)
just 9 miles, then left on Gold Rock Ranch Road for 1 1/2 miles and you are there.


"Make new friends ... but keep the old ones.
A circle is round it has no end - - -
that's how long we want to be your friend"


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