Pepperwood’s Learning Landscapes Outings

Our educational outings are perfect for small groups of up to 10 to enjoy an intimate, naturalist-led experience at Pepperwood's beautiful preserve

Learning Landscapes is a way for small groups of students, colleagues, family members, or friends, to safely enjoy the majestic beauty of our 3200-acre Preserve. These naturalist-led hikes can be catered to groups of all ages. Observe birds, find animal tracks, search for hidden forest creatures, and support Pepperwood’s biodiversity and research projects - all while stretching your legs and getting outside in the fresh air. Learning Landscape participants will explore our forests, meadows, and grasslands within a small group setting with expert guidance and interpretation.

Why Pepperwood?

Our Preserve is privately-owned and visitors are permitted by appointment only. We have strict protective measures in place, including sanitizing all facilities before and after your group arrives. As we carefully control access, you won’t encounter others on narrow, crowded trails. Learning Landscapes groups are welcome to enjoy a private picnic at one of our picnic tables - enjoying a stellar view - after your guided hike concludes.

Cost, Details, and Reservations

Pepperwood is a non-profit organization and relies on community members to support our programs. Presently access is limited to these fee-for-service private small group guided hikes in order to cover the costs of our staff and facilities.

The cost for a 2-hour guided group hike for up to ten people is $425, or $385 for Pepperwood members

Hikes are available on select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, from 10am-1pm

Groups are welcome to bring your own lunch and stay until 1pm to enjoy a picnic. All expeditions require advance registration on a group basis and are subject to availability of guides and trail access. Group size is limited to 10 participants. We require a ratio of at least 1 adult guest per every 4 children. Hike themes can be customized based on the needs of your group.

Pay-It-Forward Program: Are you a corporate entity seeking a great team-building experience for your organization? If so, you can enjoy a customized Learning Landscapes outing for your team and help sponsor another one for members of our community who otherwise would not be able to access the program. Add the $425 Pay-It-Forward donation during registration, and your contribution will fund an outing for local families. Your Pay-It Forward donation is 100% tax-deductible, and your organization will be recognized on our website as a Pay-it-Forward partner. For more information about Pay-It-Forward sponsorship, please contact Sloane Shinn at

To make a reservation, select the month of your choice below to register for an available date:

September Learning Landscapes

October Learning Landscapes

November Learning Landscapes

December Learning Landscapes

For questions about Learning Landscapes, please contact Holland Gistelli, Education Specialist, at