Sierra Friends Center

Conference Center, Retreat Center, Education, Camp

Welcome to Sierra Friends Center, home of the Woolman Outdoor School, Camp Woolman and Teen Leadership Camp.

A Quaker Educational Nonprofit since 1963

Host your Event at Sierra Friends Center

Let us host your event! We are located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in northern California, a 90-minute drive from Sacramento and a 15-minute drive from the historic towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Our campus offers 236 acres of meadows, woods, streams and ponds for our guests to enjoy. Groups of 5-100 persons can easily be accommodated overnight in a variety of spaces on our grounds.  We offer semi-private bedrooms, private cabins sleeping 2-6, camping and dorm rooms.  

Woolman hosts weddings, retreats, workshops, conferences, and meetings for many different groups. Whether you are a non-profit organization or community group, a yoga studio or meditation center, a church or Quaker meeting, we would be happy to host you!

Visit our Facility Rentals page for more information. 

The Woolman Outdoor School

As we continue to discern programs to being new relevance to our mission, we are inspired by connecting to nature with all of our senses, through our intellectual understanding of the environment, and through our heart connection with the land.  

Click here to see our first pilot of The Woolman Outdoor School!

Looking for The Woolman Semester School?  

The Woolman Semester School is currently suspended for the foreseeable future.  

Please see The Semester Schools Network at for information on the wonderful semester programs available to high school students.  

Thank you, AmeriCorps NCCC!

We hosted 10 amazing AmeriCorps volunteers in the Spring of 2017.

Their projects included building the new Dining Hall deck,

 laying new tile in the A-frames, clearing trails,

installing new carpet in the office, and much much more!

From the Blog

by Carl Sigmond, Documentary Projects Teacher and Operations Manager