Courtney’s Day of Service (Camp Jones Gulch, April 14, 2013)

We are very excited about the upcoming Day of Service!  Please consider joining dozens of friends and family as we honor Courtney’s memory through volunteer service at one of her favorite outdoor places!  As a young middle-school student, Courtney attended Camp Jones Gulch as part of her school's science curriculum.  She fell in love with the concept of exposing all students to the beauty and wonders of nature.  In the years to follow, she volunteered at the Gulch as a high school cabin leader, and even deferred a year from law school to live and work at the Gulch as a full-time Naturalist!

Date: Sunday, April 14, 2013


Timing: Arrive between 9:30 and 10:00 AM to start our project right at 10:00.

We will break for lunch at approximately 12:00 noon.

After lunch, work will continue until 2:00 to 2:30 PM.

We will provide:


History of Jones Gulch

The San Joaquin Office of Education program began in 1956 as a pilot program with 49 students from Jefferson School in Tracy, CA.  Their experience was so successful that within three years the San Joaquin Outdoor School grew to be the third largest outdoor education program in the state.

Nestled in an old growth redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Camp Jones Gulch provides a unique setting to study forest and riparian ecology. The tide pools, brackish marsh and Pacific Ocean also provide an ultimate experience for children in outdoor education. The students spent five days and four nights exploring and learning in nature at Camp Jones Gulch, the San Francisco Y.M.C.A. camp located in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Since 1957, more than 500,000 elementary students have participated in SJCOE’s Outdoor Education program, formerly known as Science Camp. More than 4,000 5th and 6th graders, and nearly 600 high school cabin leaders attend Outdoor School each year. Today, the program continues to serve roughly 150 students and 18 cabin leaders weekly.

Fully certified by the California Outdoor School Administrators, this valuable hands-on learning experience has received Commendations of Excellence from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Profound learning takes place during the days spent on the trails and at the beach.

The Courtney Connection

Having spent summers in the high Sierra Nevada Mountains at her grandparents' cabin, she learned at a young age to appreciate her surroundings while she hiked with family and friends, kayaked the lake, and talked to grandmother about wild flowers and nature.

Courtney became  a cabin leader while still in high school.  This experience opened her eyes to the reality that not all children experienced the rich background in knowing and understanding nature as she did.  After graduating from U.C. Davis, she spent a year working as a Naturalist at Camp Jones Gulch.  She was passionate in sharing her knowledge with students who never had this opportunity in hopes that she might ignite a spark in some of them to pursue a science education.

As part of her legacy, the Courtney Harrington LeBoeuf Fund has pledged support to the SJOE Outdoor Education Program.  On April 14th, family and friends will meet at the Gulch to build a new trail connecting two existing trails so that students will have the opportunity to hike through five different Eco systems while at camp.  For those of us who cannot do manual labor, the camp has other small projects that we can work on, such as raking and putting benches together.  

We look forward to seeing all of you and spending time at a place that was dear to Courtney's heart.   She would be so proud!

Directions to YMCA Camp Jones Gulch:

From Highway 280 take the Woodside Road exit (State Highway 84) west toward Woodside (0.1 miles). Stay on this road through the town of Woodside, crossing Hiway 35 (Skyline Blvd) in the town of Sky Londa, and then approximately 8 miles to La Honda. Go one mile past the town of La Honda and take a left at Pescadero Road, after approximately 1 mile there is a sharp right bend, follow the bend to stay on Pescadero Road and follow signs to YMCA Camp Jones Gulch. The camp will be on your left, about four miles down Pescadero Road. Turn left onto Jones Gulch road into main camp, then left onto Hilltop Road towards the Indian Bowl. Park at the Indian Bowl.

Click here for an online printable map.


Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Courtney’s Fund to support future initiatives in environmental protection and eliminating the environmental causes of breast cancer.  Together we can make Courtney’s legacy a lasting tribute to her life and the causes she cared about so deeply!

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