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San Gorgonio Outdoor Science School

 4041 MacArthur Blvd. #510
 Newport Beach, CA 92660
[P] (714) 731-9430
[F] --
[email protected]
Laura Gore
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 20-8756660 --



Mission StatementMORE »

San Gorgonio Outdoor Science School is dedicated to providing a life-enriching residential outdoor science program that prepares students to be responsible caretakers of the earth. 

Mission Statement

San Gorgonio Outdoor Science School is dedicated to providing a life-enriching residential outdoor science program that prepares students to be responsible caretakers of the earth. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $1,050,720.00
Projected Revenue $1,050,720.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • San Gorgonio Outdoor Science School

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Mission Statement

San Gorgonio Outdoor Science School is dedicated to providing a life-enriching residential outdoor science program that prepares students to be responsible caretakers of the earth. 

Background Statement

San Gorgonio Outdoor Science School is a non-profit born in July of 2014 out of the need to provide an independent outdoor science school for socio-economically disadvantaged fifth and sixth grade students.  Forty years prior to June of 2014, the Orange County Dept. of Education provided students from all over So. CA with an outstanding opportunity to spend  a four or five day week in the mountains with their teachers, learning science, social skills, teamwork, leadership, and music.  During the 2014 national and state recession and with much regret, a decision was made by the OCDE Board that the funds for this program were needed in other programs.
At that time four retired employees of the Outdoor Science School Program and a retired teacher from Anaheim Elementary School District  decided to work together to establish a non-profit residential outdoor science program to be named San Gorgonio, in honor of the highest peak in the San Bernardino Mountains. The program was established to serve all students regardless of income, in order to promote a love of science and nature.  The belief is that all students deserve the opportunity to experience nature in its purest form.  The founders strongly believe that this life-changing "rite of passage" for  all fifth and sixth graders should be preserved and that in doing so our world will be a better place. 
Since June of 2014, and with the advice and cooperation of Charitable Ventures of Orange County, SGOSS has grown from serving two Orange County School Districts to seven.   All of the schools are Title One. The population has increased from the first year of approximately 2300 students the first year to over 3,600 students this last school year. With the help of our community we hope to continue this opportunity as long as it may be needed. 

Impact Statement

  • Increasing student population in four years time from approximately 2300 to 3700.
  • Improving the academic trails to match the Next Generation Standards for fifth and sixth graders.
  • Increasing the number of small group "hands-on" activities for better scientific knowledge and understanding.
  • 60% of our staff being college graduates.
  • Having an RN and an EMT on staff and having no student having to be admitted to urgent care or an emergency room. 
By June of 2019:
  • to have offered $10,000 in scholarships.
  • to  serve over 3,800 students.
  • to provide a "hands on" environmental program for the students home school.
  • to raise $50,000 in contributions. 

Needs Statement

The five most pressing needs to continue the success of San Gorgonio Outdoor Science School are:
  • The continued improvement and updating of scientific knowledge presented to the students.
  • Providing more training days for the improvement of teaching techniques and information to the staff.
  • Improving our marketing skills and adding more students to our site.
  • Providing scholarship money to our socio-ecomoically disadvantaged students.
  • Improvement of our fund raising to ensure our continued success.  

CEO Statement

Being the director of an outdoor science school serving under-served students in the So. CA community is the culmination of a life-long dream. As a former Principal of the Orange County Dept of  Education Outdoor School Program I know first hand the needs and the benefits that an outdoor school provides. Our earth is our greatest asset.  Encouraging youth to learn about the earth while at the same time experiencing personal growth is a unique and beneficial opportunity that is best suited to being in nature.  Learning about nature is best learned when experiencing nature.  Breathing fresh air, while standing in a forest under a tree, and learning about that tree can not begin to compare to learning about the same tree in a book. Students lives are filled with stress.  Being in a natural environment allows boys and girls to see first hand how nature can relieve life stresses. As adults many of us relief our stress by picturing the many wonderful landscapes that we have experienced.  Having the memories of outdoor science school allows students to do the same when they return to their schools and homes. Sharing nature is truly makes for a fulfilled life.  

Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

We are always looking for volunteers to help with our marketing and anyone who has great ideas to improve our program. We accept in kind donations of toiletries, toothbrushes, heavy coats and sweat shirts, and children's boots and shoes. In addition to our website please send checks to CVOC/ San Gorgonio OSS.

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
North Orange County
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
San Gorgonio OSS Serves Title one Schools to promote environmental education to  Orange County Students in the 5th and 6th grades. The students served live in a very densely populated, concrete paved environment.  They can not see a starry night or breathe the fresh air of a rural area.  The neighborhoods are populated with gangs looking to recruit the 7th to 9th grade students from the area.Outdoor science school provides a new perspective for 5th and 6th graders.   

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Primary & Elementary Schools
  2. Environment - Environmental Education
  3. Public & Societal Benefit - Single Organization Support



San Gorgonio Outdoor Science School


San Gorgonio Outdoor Science School is a four-day residential program in the San Bernardino Mountains that connects southern California youth to nature and science. While experiencing the natural world firsthand, students are immersed the scientific disciplines of geology, astronomy, wildlife biology, conservation and environmental science.

San Gorgonio OSS is also committed to building student curiosity and understanding of science by introducing Next Generation Science Standards.  SGOSS staff, through an inquiry-based learning model, facilitate student exploration and interaction with the natural world.  Key concepts are reinforced with the use of sensory learning and hands on activities, all viewed through the lensed of environmental awareness and stewardship.

Budget  $2,237,905.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) General/Unspecified Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of the four days at San Gorgonio Outdoor Science School 70% of the students will acknowledge a new understanding of the connection between science and nature that will result in a new behavior of respect for the earth. 
Program Long-Term Success  The long term success of San Gorgonio Outdoor Science School will be determined by the amount of knowledge gained by students in order to proceed with climate change problems and the care of our earth.  
Program Success Monitored By  Our success is monitored by the amount of funds raised, the number of students we educate, and the  written evaluations of the students, staff and classroom teachers. 
Examples of Program Success  --


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Anne Olin
CEO Term Start Sept 2007
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 25
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 15
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 50%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 17
Hispanic/Latino: 5
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 14
Male: 11
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? --
Organization has Strategic Plan? --
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

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CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Ms. Anne Olin
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Olin Group
Board Chair Term Sept 2007 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. John Benner Executive Coaches of Orange County Voting
Ms. Melinda Konoske MK Consulting Syndicate Voting
Mr. Ryan Maughan Ryan Maughan Law Voting
Ms. Anne Olin The Olin Group Voting
Mr. John Rohrer Coach, Executive Service Corps, Los Angeles Chapter Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Todd Hanson -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Board Orientation --

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Finance


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $1,050,720.00
Projected Expenses $1,050,720.00
Form 990s

2017 990

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

Audit Documents

2017 Audited Financial

2016 Audited Financial

2015 Audited Financial

2015 Audited Financial

2014 Audited Financial

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $900,314 $932,575 $820,835
Total Expenses $874,185 $871,117 $920,567

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$13,000 -- $25,000
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $38,425 $88,300 $34,390
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $848,889 $844,275 $761,445
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $802,160 $786,984 $833,810
Administration Expense $72,025 $84,132 $86,757
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.03 1.07 0.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses 92% 90% 91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $107,819 $92,138 --
Current Assets $107,819 $92,138 $74,631
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- $74,631
Current Liabilities $30,833 $41,280 $85,231
Total Net Assets $76,986 $50,858 $-10,600

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.50 2.23 0.88

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% inf%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

San Gorgonio Outdoor Science School is fiscally sponsored by Charitable Ventures of Orange County (CVOC). 990s on profile belong to CVOC. Financials are specific for San Gorgonio Outdoor Science School. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions. Summary financial data is per the financials and consultation with the organization.


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