Fun Facts

  • The trail is approximately 1/3 mile long and loops through the hillside behind the bleachers of Gilley Field.
  • The trail ends at an outdoor classroom, a magical spot where teachers bring their students to create art, to study plant life, or to read, relax, and reflect.
  • The trail is located in Fossil Ridge Park, named for the abundance of fossils in the area, which used to be completely submerged.
  • Click here to read more about the native plants that can be found along the trail! 

Eighth Grade Service

Last fall, a fearless group of eighth grade students worked together to build an outdoor classroom on the Nature Trail. In ten after-school sessions, they cleared the area and designed a versatile classroom configuration, then water-sealed, transported, and dug holes for twenty-five sitting stumps. It was an unbelievable amount of work and the results are amazing.


  • 1996: Members of the science department faculty and eighth grade Earth Science students construct the Nature Trail. 
  • 2016: With the help of Buckley's plant operations team, the eighth grade class revitalizes the trail by clearing and widening several stretches along the loop.
  • 2018: A smaller group of eighth graders build the outdoor classroom.
  • 2019: Eleventh graders plant 116 trees at the trailhead garden with the help of the organization, Tree People.

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Nature Trail Contacts

If you are interested in participating in the clearing and maintanence of the Nature Trail, please reach out to:
  • Gregg Sacon, Assistant Head of Middle School |
  • Abi Basch, Upper School Director of Service |
  • Chris Braunschweiger, K-8 Community Service Coordinator |

What Happens on the Trail?

  • Advisory meetings
  • Poetry reading and writing
  • Drama performances
  • Science labs and experiments
  • Service projects
  • Lower School trail walks
  • Mindfulness workshops
  • Hiking


  • Outdoor classroom
  • Creek
  • Proposed weather station
  • Native species of fauna, including deer, foxes, racoons, hawks, and lizards
  • Native species of flora that exist in the Santa Monica Mountains, including Chaparral, Oak Woodland, Coastal Sage Scrub, Valley Grassland, and Riparian trees dating back to the 15th century