Annual Field Trips

Pulford’s Appletree Farm
Tehachapi Mountain Climb
The Spaceship Company
Murray Farms
Pacific Crest Trail Hike
Renaissance Faire
Red Rock State Park
Lehigh Mifflin Loop Hike
Golden Hills Greenbelt Hike
Museum of the Holocaust
Yosemite in Winter
Badger Pass Ski
Harvey Auditorium Plays


2017-18 Field Trips



Gold Rush on Wheels

Join Old Smokepole as he shares authentic mining devices and techniques with students in this hands-on experience. Topics he will be sharing: mining methods used during the period of the Gold Rush, stories of real people (who got rich and who didn’t), and the diversity of people involved in the Gold Rush

WHEN: Friday, September 1st at 10:00 am
WHERE: Valley Oaks Charter School Tehachapi – Annex
FEES: $5.00 per family or $15.00 maximum
CONTACT: Christy Rosander –
SIGN UP: Sign up and pay fee (cash only) in the front office by August 30th

Dewar’s Candy Shop

Join us Wednesday, September 6, 2017, as we visit Dewar’s Candy Shop and see the daily production of their World Famous Taffy Chews and Ice Cream!
WHEN: Wednesday, September 6th at 10:00 am
1120 Eye Street
Bakersfield, CA 93304
FEES:  $5.25 per person (Tour include a $1.00 gift certificate. Good on next visit) Also includes a scoop of ice cream (Your choice: Strawberry, Chocolate or Vanilla) and you get to enjoy one of the Taffy Chews right off the line!
CONTACT:  Elizabeth Small – (661)808-1265
SIGN UP: Sign up and pay your program fee (cash only) in our school front office August 23 through August 30.



Bakersfield College Planetarium

Tuesday September 19, 2017 at 10:00 am. Join us for a trip through the galaxy! We will be starting our journey at William M Thomas Planetarium on the Bakersfield College Campus.  We will be viewing Oasis in Space: A 24-minute all-dome video from Spitz Creative Media, this show takes you on a journey through the solar system to experience the beautiful planets and satellites up close as you search for places with liquid water.

WHEN: Tuesday September 19, 2017 at 10:00 am
WHERE:  Bakersfield College
1801 Panorama Dr
Bakersfield, CA 93308
We will be meeting at 9:45 am in front of building MS. The planetarium is located on the second floor and doors will open 5 minutes before the show begins.
FEES: $6.00 per person
CONTACT:  Elizabeth Small with any questions –, (661)808-1265
SIGN UP: Sign up and pay your program fee (cash only) in our school front office starting September 1st through September 15th


Pulford’s Appletree Farm

Every year, John and Becky Pulford win awards at the Kern County Fair for their delicious apples. Come tour, taste, and pick apples.
WHEN: Thursday, September 28th at 1:00 or 2:00
19440 Highline Road
Tehachapi, CA
Directions: From Tucker Road continue to Highline Road; turn right, and Pulford Appletree Farm is the first orchard on the left.
FEES: Purchase bag and pick apples at the farm – $10.00
CONTACT: Christy Rosander –
SIGN UP: Online sign up will begin September 21st at 8:00 am





Camp KEEP is an environmental program that helps children understand the natural world. Students learn first hand about many unique ecosystems and return with an increased awareness of their environment and their responsibility to manage it wisely.
The ocean, tide pools, and dunes will serve as a laboratory where students will be involved in nature study, recording and analyzing data and sharing new-found information which will help them understand and appreciate themselves more fully.
For more information about Camp KEEP please visit Camp KEEP

Grimmway Farms

Come join us for a Grimmway Farms field trip.  We will learn about carrots and various other vegetables that are grown and processed in Kern County.


WHEN:  Monday, October 9th at 9:30
12000 Main Street
Lamont, CA   93241
FEE: Free
CONTACT: Heather Peyton –
SIGN UP: Sign up in our school front office starting September 26th. There are limited spaces for this field trip.  Please wear close-toed shoes. 


CALM – Premier Native Zoo and Garden

Join us Tuesday, October 17, 2017, for a visit to CALM – California’s Premier Native Zoo and Garden!  We begin with a special Wildlife Animal Program just for us at 9:30. After, enjoy the grounds with your family and explore our local zoo.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 17th at 9:00 am
WHERE: Meet next to the Porcupine across from the Gift Shop and we will assemble for our program.
10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93306
FEE: Bring your Valley Oaks ID for free entry and $1.: for the Animal Program. (If you do not show VOCS ID you may be charged the traditional entry fee)
CONTACT: Elizabeth Small –  (661)808-1265
SIGN UP: Sign up and pay your program fee (cash only) in our school front office starting September 25th through October 9th



Murray Farms

Come join us for a field trip at Murray Farms.  We will get a fun tour of the farm including the petting zoo, jump area and tractor ride to pick a pumpkin.

WHEN:  Monday, October 23 at 10:00
WHERE:  Murray Farms at 6700 General Beale Rd, Bakersfield
FEE: $8.00 for children and $8.00 for adults
CONACT: Heather Peyton –
SIGN UP: Sign up and pay fee (cash only) in our front office on October 1 through October 20.



Tehachapi Mountain Fall Hike

Come get out, enjoy the fall, and get exercise. We will hike 4.8 miles round trip through a beautiful forest, on a trail, to the top of the tallest peak in the Tehachapi Mountain Range, Tehachapi Mountain (elevation 7960 feet). This hike climbs about 2000 feet and is for older students (including high school) and their parents. The hike should last about 3 1/2 hours.
Option: Hike half way up on the fire road with the group and then turn around. This cuts both the elevation gain and distance in half. This a great option for those younger folks, people crunched on time, or for those working on physical fitness. The shortened hike should last about 2 hours.
WHEN: Thursday, October 27th at 9:00 am
WHERE: Tehachapi Mountain Park
Take Water Canyon Road south 2.2 miles to the entrance to Tehachapi Mountain Park. Drive through the park to the end of the road, keeping right at each fork to the parking area at site 49 near the restrooms. We will meet here at 9:00 am.
FEE: Free
EXTRA INFORMATION: Wear walking or hiking shoes, bring drinking water, jacket, layered clothing, snack, and lunch
CONTACT: Christy Rosander –
SIGN UP: Email Christy Rosander to sign-up at before October 26th.





Red Rock Canyon State Park

Thursday, November 2, 2017, we will be wandering through the first state park in Kern County established in 1968. This will be a docent led gentle hike. Learn about local plant life and pre historic residents!

WHEN: Thursday, November 2 at 9:45 am
WHERE: Meet in front of the visitor’s center at Red Rock State Park. The park is 25 miles northeast of Mojave on Highway 14.
FEES: Free
CONTACT: Elizabeth Small – (661)808-1265
SIGN UP: Sign up in our school front office on October 20 through October 27.




 Visit Yosemite

All Valley Oaks families have the opportunity to visit Yosemite and stay at the Tenaya Lodge for a reduced rate during the dates of November 2-7th, 2017. The room rate is $149.00 per night + tax, and you must make your reservation online at Enter the promo code in the appropriate field: VALLEYFALL. You may also choose to call Tenaya Reservations at 1-800-635-5807, Option #1, and inform reservations you are attending Valley Oaks Charter School Fall Retreat 2017.
All reservations must be made no later than October 3rd to receive this rate. Please reserve as soon as possible as rooms are first come, first served and there is no guaranteed availability.





“In myth and in legend, the Knight and the horse are forever linked. Few things are held in such great esteem by the Medieval warrior than a stalwart horse, who possesses the bold courage of his master and the quiet strength of his ancestors.”

Wednesday, January 24, 2018, join us for a lunch filled with jousting and battle! Watch the sparks fly from the clash of swords while enjoying your roast chicken!

WHEN: Wednesday, January 24 at 11:15
WHERE: Medieval Times
7662 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA
FEES: $25.00 includes lunch of garlic bread, roast chicken quarter, corn cobette, roasted potato, chocolate chip cookie, and water.
CONTACT: Elizabeth Small – (661)808-1265
SIGN UP: Sign up and pay entrance fee (cash only) in our front office starting December 8th through December 22nd