Our programs allow opportunities for students ages 5-15 to spend time outdoors to build relationships with places, and foster a love for the natural world and all community’s human and non-human.
We currently have three outdoor education programs that run through out the year. The Primary Outdoor Program (P.O.P) for grades K-2. Outdoor Educational Leadership Program (OELP), grades 7/8, and the Valhalla Wilderness Program (VWP), grades 9/10. Each program is unique in its planning and expectations. However, they all share common threads of citizenship education. Citizenship education can be defined as educating children, from early childhood to become clear-thinking and enlightened citizens who participate in decisions concerning society/community. Shared themes within citizenship and outdoor /place based education include:
Compassion, Respect, Responsibility and courage
Our Outdoor Programs include activities that are physically, mentally and socially challenging, which stimulates development of students’ interpersonal competencies, leadership skills, self-confidence; and nurtures respect for and connections with nature and community. When children spend time learning and focusing on place based education, their compassion and knowledge of the environment forms a baseline of caring that stays with them throughout their lives.