Exploring New Horizons at Sempervirens

Exploring New Horizons at Sempervirens

Set in the Santa Cruz Mountains on a ridge-top meadow surrounded by coastal redwood trees, Exploring New Horizons at Sempervirens is the perfect location for your group’s next retreat, training, conference, or summer camp.  Minutes from Big Basin State Park and less than an hour from Santa Cruz, our 17-acre site has a dining hall, campfire stage, picnic area and cabins to accommodate groups of up to 132 individuals.  Play volleyball, tetherball, horseshoes, or basketball.  Explore the organic garden, swim in the pool, do group challenges on the low ropes course, or hike on our trails which wind through a mixed redwood, madrone, oak, and Douglas fir forest.

Exploring New Horizons at Sempervirens is a program of Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools which runs residential outdoor education programs at three facilities.  During the school year, Sempervirens hosts 5th and 6th grade students for a week of outdoor education, but we have a number of weekend, winter and summer dates available to rent the entire site.


Sempervirens is located on Highway 236 just 2.5 miles from the headquarters of Big Basin State Park and 6.5 miles from Boulder Creek.  Scattered throughout the trees and meadow are 12 heated cabins, 2 large campfire stage areas, a swimming pool, a low ropes challenge course, a sand volleyball court, hiking trails, a dining hall, restrooms, an organic garden and a huge meadow for games and sports.

Menu Planning

Known for its delicious food, our full-time kitchen staff is prepared to provide you and your group with high quality nutritious and tasty meals.  Our site offers both basic camp meals and BBQ options along with a wide range of upgraded meal selections.  Meals can be served both Family and Buffet style and our kitchen has the capacity to accommodate a wide range of dietary needs.  You will work with our kitchen staff to plan a well-rounded meal service plan that works for your group.


Sempervirens has 12 cabins throughout the site that can house a total of 132 individuals.  Each cabin has bunk-beds that can house 11 people per cabin.  Our rustic cabins offer mattresses, heat and electrical outlets.  During the summer months there are also 5 studio apartments, each with their own kitchen and bathroom, that are ideal for group leaders or any individuals that may need additional accommodations.  Each room is furnished with a double bed, couch and dinning room table and chairs.  Also, directly across the street from us is an independent Bed and Breakfast that can be rented separately.  For more information about that option please contact CharLynn Atiam directly.


Our team of talented staff members will help to ensure you have a successful stay at our facility.  With a passion for working with children and adults in the outdoors, the Sempervirens staff is committed to providing a facility that is safe, fun, recreational and educational.


We look forward to working with you to help plan your stay.  All arrangements including menu choices and recreation opportunities will be discussed prior to your arrival to assure that all your groups’ needs are met.  Please explore our website to learn more about our site.  For pricing information, questions or if you would like to schedule a time for a tour please contact John Bartron.

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