Travel Information for Redwood Mountains to Urban Expedition
**Reminder – Please do not book travel unless you have been cleared do so. This includes medical approval as well as a course confirmation when your course has reached its minimum participants. If you aren’t sure if you have these two items, please contact your course advisor.
If a travel delay occurs, please call (415) 316-0572 as soon as possible so that we can facilitate your pick up.
FlightArrival: Book your inbound flight to arrive by 1:00PM on the first day of the course. If you arrive early, please go to the Starbucks near baggage claim in Terminal B to connect with your group. An Outward Bound representative will be there by approximately 11:00.
Being Driven: Please arrive at the airport by 12:30 PM and meet at Terminal B, at the Starbucks. Hourly parking is available in Lot#3, across from terminal B. Airport Onsite Parking Info
Greyhound/Amtrak/Caltrain: If you travel using one of these options, please check and follow policies about Unaccompanied Minors. We can sometimes pick up students who book these options, this has to be scheduled and approved with your course advisor. If we are unable to meet you, students will need to take a taxi or ride service. Note that students who travel by these options will be without an OBCA chaperone for a period of time.
FlightDeparture: Book your return flight after 12:00PM on the last day of the course, you’ll be back by 10AM or earlier if there are no travel delays.
Note: Please prepay for your luggage on your return trip, our staff does not carry company credit cards and many airlines will not accept cash.
Driving: For those being picked up, you’ll be back at the airport by 10:00 AM on the last day of the course. Local families can pick up students from San Bruno Mountain State Park between 8 - 9, please connect with your course advisor for this option, we will leave for the airport promptly and 9, so any families after this time will need to connect with students at SJC.
Note About Course End Drop Offs
Middle School Courses - Ages 12 – 14: OBCA Staff will take Unaccompanied Minors through security. For all other students, OBCA staff will wait until they are able to pass through security (four hours before flight) until 2PM. If you wish to book a flight after 6PM and have a staff member wait with your child, please first get approval from your student services team to determine whether this is possible.
Unaccompanied Minors Definition: This is a term that airlines use for minors who have purchased their Unaccompanied Minor service. It ensures that a staff member from OBCA connects the student to a staff member from the airline and then the airline staff ensures that the student connects again to a designated adult upon final destination.
If your child travels as an Unaccompanied Minor, one of our staff members will meet your child at the flight gate to escort them to the group. From Outward Bound, you'll need the name of a representative who will collect and return your child to the gate. As we staff our courses often later than you'll need this info, please provide a temporary name until we are able to confirm the correct person. Once we have that, you'll need to call the airline to update the contact person.
Families are responsible for making arrangements with the airline and any additional fees. This usually requires calling the airline to book this directly. If your child flies as an Unaccompanied Minor (UM), be aware that some airlines place restrictions on what flights are eligible. Please notify your course advisor when flying as a UM.