Outdoor Program

The Outdoor Program is The Mosaic Project’s principal program and brings together 4th and 5th grade classes from markedly different communities for a profound weeklong experience in nature. Our evidence-based, social-emotional learning curriculum is designed to address issues of difference, build self-esteem, and inspire inclusion.

This dynamic four-night, five-day experience unites three classes from schools that differ socioeconomically, racially, and ethnically. This immersive, experiential education program places students in diverse groups within a neutral setting and directly addresses issues of difference while building self-esteem and community. Students learn through shared challenges, exciting “gametivities”, honest discussions, and the power of song. Mosaic ensures that the Outdoor Program is an environment where all are welcomed and respected.

The Outdoor Program takes place during the school year. It also serves as a professional development retreat for teachers who learn and experience on a path that parallels their students. When coupled with Mosaic’s In-School Project as part of the Mosaic Experience, it is specifically designed for students and teachers to take tools back to their school communities and build the peaceful environment they envision.


The Mosaic Project helped me understand and learn more about celebrating difference. It helped me create new strategies about how to make new friends. Mosaic helped me understand that I can change the world for the better, even though I’m a kid.” — Emma, 11 years old

My 4th and 5th graders returned determined to better understand each other and the greater community. The Mosaic Project has made our school environment more understanding and accepting.” — Kevin Eagleson, Principal

It changed me as a spirit, a soul and my heart. Now that I was at Mosaic, I’ve become more kind, less aggressive, less passive, and more and more assertive!” — Joseph, 10 years old

Mosaic has had a huge impact on my students. They have learned how to truly communicate. Throughout the week, I have watched them learn how to empathize and solve conflicts. They have really learned to connect with one another.” — Susan Gatt, Teacher

Thank you, Mosaic Project for accepting me, for helping me, and giving me the best week of my life.” — Nayeli, 10 years old

I saw a patient who I had noted last year had been upset by bullying at school. I asked him how that was this year. He said, ‘It’s not a problem anymore. My class went to The Mosaic Project.’” — Dr. Robin Winokur

Want more info? Do you want your class to come to Mosaic? Contact Mark Yanez by filling in this form or call 510.452.3377.

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