The California Field School bike tours connect young people with the world around them, supporting them as they realize the strength that comes from traveling by one's own power through the landscape.  


This summer, we are offering two 6-day bike touring trips exploring 150-miles of awe-inspiring Northern California Coast. Traveling along one of the most iconic bike routes in the United States, you will breathe in the fresh ocean air as your eyes take in the simultaneously majestic and intimate landscape around you. 


During your journey, you will learn about the communities and environmental factors that have shaped the coast as it is experienced today, as well as the current efforts to resist environmental destruction, build sustainable alternatives, and rebuild cultural heritage.




Day 1  Travel - We’ll meet in Oakland for a 3-hour drive to Pt. Arena. Our trip begins on Bokeyo Pomo land, and our home for the first two nights of the trip is OZ Farm, an organic off-grid farm that hosts environmental education workshops and classes. 


Day 2  Orientation - This day is an opportunity to get to know each other and create agreements for how we’ll travel together.  Each participant will be asked to identify personal goals for the journey.  Over the course of the trip, we will take time to reflect on these goals and offer support along the way.


Day 3  Pt. Arena to Salt Point State Park - A classic day of California riding, we’ll pass through small towns and idyllic fishing villages on our way to one of the most biodiverse sections of coastline in California.  


Day 4  Salt Point State Park to Bodega Dunes - We’ll continue cruising down the coast with a stop at Fort Ross to learn about the Russian settlers who created a chain of forts down the Pacific Coast to exploit the sea otters who frolicked in the coves.


Day 5  Bodega Dunes to Samuel P. Taylor - Our last night of camping is among the last remnants of a once mighty redwood forest. As we enter the outskirts of the SF Bay Area, we’ll talk about how urban expansion is threatening the wild places that remain and what people are doing to preserve them. 


Day 6  Over the Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco - We’ll finish our trip with a ride over the Golden Gate Bridge and into San Francisco.  Once we reach Jack London Square in Oakland, we will kick back for a well-deserved celebration of our epic journey.


We move at a more human pace, navigating the world as deeply engaged travelers. We become acutely aware of subtle and drastic shifts in our environment, from the grade and texture of our paths to the sounds and smells that fill the air around us. 



We explore together some of the deep questions that face us now - how do we, as individuals, become part of the solution for a more environmentally and socially just world? How do we come together across differences like race, class, ability, and gender to create a world where power is equitably shared?



We recognize the ways that colonization has impacted native people and how people have shaped the landscape of California.  We identify the impacts of different ways of understanding our relationship to the earth on the world that we live in today.


We trace the boundary between land and sea and contemplate how to cultivate balance in our own lives.





JUNE 28 - JULY 3, 2020

Tuition:    $1,900*

Details:    6-day bike tour   

For high school students entering 9th - 12th grade

JULY 12 - JULY 17, 2020

Tuition:    $1,900*

Details:    6-day bike tour  

For high school students entering 9th - 12th grade

*Early-bird registration tuition. Ends April 1, 2020.

PRICING at the California Field School, we believe that ALL young people deserve access to outdoor adventures. Scholarships covering up to 95% of trip costs are available.  On the application, we ask everyone to tell us a little bit about your financial situation and how much you are able to pay for the trip. If your application is accepted, we will let you know how much your tuition charge will be.


The base price of our trip is $2,100 and covers accommodations, vehicles, food, participant materials, leader compensation, and overhead expenses like rent on our office space, insurance, etc. Families can choose to contribute an additional amount above the base price of our trip, which allows us to provide lower-cost tuition for lower-income families and funds our school year programs with students from Oakland Unified Public Schools. 





  • Our support & gear (SAG) vehicles lower the physical barriers for young people who are just exploring the outdoors for the first time. 

  • We provide high-quality bikes, helmets, and bike clothes for all participants so that everyone can engage in the trip from the same footing (or wheeling!). If you’d like to bring your own bike, please let us know on the application. 

Experienced Leaders 

  • CA Field School leaders are multi-talented educators, trip coordinators, and activists. We don't just take our participants from point A to point B - we explain how those two points are connected to each other and to participant's lives.

  • All our leaders are passionate about connecting young people with the incredible story of California and have the skills, resources, and training to help each participant get the most out of the trip.  

Small trip sizes and excellent leader ratios

  • Our trips are limited to 12 participants to ensure that each participant has the support and resources get the most out of their journey.  Our trips are always staffed by 3 experienced leaders, maintaining a minimum 1:4 leader to participant ratio. 




  • Tuition from this trip directly supports the CA Field School’s ability to provide educational trips for young people with fewer financial resources. 


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What if I’m not an experienced cyclist?

This trip is designed to be accessible to people of a wide range of ages and abilities, so you definitely do NOT need to be an experienced cyclist. If you’re in good health and you know how to pedal, you can participate. There will be a support and gear vehicle with the ride, so no one will be left behind!

Who will carry my stuff?

The support and gear (SAG) vehicle will accompany the ride, and will carry all luggage and personal gear, camping equipment, a first aid kit, lunch, and any other necessary materials. The SAG will not be driving next to the cyclists during the day. Each day, there will be designated meeting places for lunch, water, or support.

Do I need to have my own bicycle and camping gear?

No. The Field School will provide all necessary equipment for participants. If you have special requests, please let the organizers know.

What is the route like? How far will we ride every day?

We will ride between 30 and 50 miles most days with some rest days. We’ll ride on a mixture of country roads, busy city streets, highways, back roads, and bike paths.

Where will we stay on the trip? Are there showers?

We will be tent camping in a variety of locations, from state park campgrounds to more urban campgrounds. Most, but not all of the campgrounds have showers and full bathrooms.

Will we be in cell service the whole time? Can we listen to music all day?

Most of the campgrounds will have cell phone service, but there are many days where we’ll be out of cell phone range for some or all of the day. Charging may be available at some campgrounds but participants should expect that they will not be able to charge their phones every day. Activities that drain battery life are discouraged.