Camp Whittier is a 50 acre gem near Cachuma Lake with hidden trails and a rich geology on the edge of the valley and the north side of the Santa Ynez Range. Large fields provide room for group activities and ridge tops afford long views for bird watching and exploration of the wide variety of native plants. Tracks of wild animals provide insight into the ways wildlife move and predators hunt in the area.
Seasonal streams flowing to the lake provides a source the source of lessons on watershed, the water cycle, along with riparian habitat and erosion issues. Native plants include valley oak and coastal live oak close together, providing a ready comparison. Toyon, mule fat, monkey flower and seasonal wildflowers are among natives in the area. Deer, wild turkey and other wild birds are often seen on the property.