Fair Oaks Academy has a 6-acre river-front mountain retreat in the mountains less than 2 hours from Pasadena. The children pick apples in the apple orchard, fish, hike and explore in the San Bernardino Mountains. The area includes Native American grindstone rocks which the children use to grind acorns from the local black oak and canyon live oak trees.






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Our Mountain Orchard

Apple orchards have flourished in the upper Santa Ana River area for well over 100 years. The small orchard at The Oaks has about 32 trees, mostly apple (about 10 varieties), with a few pear, plum and cherry trees. Students naturally enjoy picking and eating the fruit!

The Oaks

The Oaks is our riverfront property in the San Bernardino Mountains.  Positioned at the headwaters of the Santa Ana River and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest, it is rich in early American and Native American history.  Flora and fauna include 300 year-old oak trees, native rainbow trout, brown trout and many kinds of birds and butterflies.  It is a place of fun, adventure and learning. We try to get the children there as often as possible.

 

Mortar Rock

At the edge of our river is this mortar rock used by Native Americans in past centuries to grind acorns, most likely the Tongva (“people of the earth”) and Yuhaviatam (“people of the pines”) tribes.  Canyon live oaks shade our two cabins.  The children enjoy grinding acorns here.

Seven Oaks

Our mountain retreat is part of the historic Seven Oaks settlement in the upper Santa Ana River valley.  Sheep grazed in the area and apple orchards were planted as early as the 1850s; in the 1880s a lodge was built about a mile from our place to service travelers en route from Redlands to the newly developed Big Bear Lake. Some of the original buildings are still in use, such as this one where President Teddy Roosevelt stayed during hunting and fishing trips to the area.

Our Mountain Orchard

Apple orchards have flourished in the upper Santa Ana River area for well over 100 years. The small orchard at The Oaks has about 32 trees, mostly apple (about 10 varieties), with a few pear, plum and cherry trees. Students naturally enjoy picking and eating the fruit!

The Oaks

The Oaks is our riverfront property in the San Bernardino Mountains.  Positioned at the headwaters of the Santa Ana River and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest, it is rich in early American and Native American history.  Flora and fauna include 300 year-old oak trees, native rainbow trout, brown trout and many kinds of birds and butterflies.  It is a place of fun, adventure and learning. We try to get the children there as often as possible.