2017 Host: Walden West Outdoor School

The Residential Outdoor Environmental Education (ROEE) Conference will be held in the majestic Redwood forests of Northern California, 18 miles southwest of San Jose and 9 miles west of Los Gatos.

About Walden West

For over 65 years Walden West has provided a respected week-long residential environmental science education experience to Santa Clara County’s 5th and 6th grade students. Beginning in 1950, as Redwood Glen, the Santa Clara County Office of Education has run programs in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Since 1982, the program has operated at the Walden West facility and now provides outdoor school experiences to over 9,000 students each year. We operate at two sites; our primary site is in the Saratoga hills adjacent to Sanborn County Park, and the second is in the Cupertino foothills at Stevens Canyon County Park.

To meet a increased demand for additional science programs, we created Growing Gardens for Growing Minds to engage students in outdoor garden learning at their own school. 

All Walden West programs are hands-on, standards-rich, and take advantage of the outdoors to teach science concepts. Instruction is based on California state science standards and integrate Common Core objectives. We are in the midst of re-alligning our curriculum to the Next Generation Science standards.

Most recently, we began an exciting program for K-8 students that combines science, sustainability, and the outdoors in day-long science and environmental programs using the new Abby Sobrato Science and Sustainability Center at Walden West.

Conference Address

Walden West (Saratoga)
15555 Sanborn Road
Saratoga, CA 95070

Air Travel

The closest airport to Walden West is San Jose Minetta International Airport (SJC), which is about 25 minutes away. Other airports in the vicinity are San Francisco (SFO) and Oakland (OAK), both of which are about an hour away.

Shuttle service (from/to SJC ONLY) will be available for a $10 fee in each direction. Please provide your flight information on your registration form (or once you have booked your flights) so we can arrange pickups.

Getting There

Please use either Google Maps or Waze for directions. Other map/gps systems may not be completely accurate. 

Directions to Walden West from Saratoga Village  

  • Take Highway 9 (Big Basin Way) from Saratoga, towards the Santa Cruz Mountains.
  • Look for Saratoga Springs on your right.
  • Immediately past Saratoga Springs, turn left onto Sanborn Road.
  • Go up the hill about 1 mile, take first right at the Walden West sign.
  • Stay right after the stone columns and turn right into Walden West.