Caritas Creek's purpose is to help young people discover the connection between all living things; to build bridges between diverse socioeconomic and ethnic groups; and to foster in youth a deeper connection to the natural environment, to self, to the spirit of love, and to community. To accomplish this mission, Caritas Creek established an environmental education program for schools and a summer camp for children and youth.
Caritas Creek was founded in 1975 by a group of Bay Area educators. For 37 years, hundreds of Bay Area schools and more than 100,000 children have benefited from the services, mission, and philosophy of Caritas Creek. The outdoor environmental education program is a vital part of many schools' curriculum.
Former locations were in Mendocino, Occidental, and Cazadero, California. In 2010, our program relocated back to Occidental in order to offer a more easily accessible distance to the San Francisco Bay Area, to provide the resources that will allow us to serve more children and to increase program effectiveness by offering a greater variety of experiences.
With founding members and former directors serving on our Board of Directors, we continue to employ our exciting mission with the dedication and experience that established our reputation as one of the most unique and renowned environmental education programs in Northern California.