OUR OUTDOOR CLASSROOM
A practical educational component is prevalent throughout each of our activities. We can be as adventure based or education based as needed. For example, with a kayak/canoe trip, we may simply cover the basic skills and guide the class on a tour around a local lake. On the other hand, we may combine the skills and tour piece with a lesson on water quality, water dynamics, erosion, aquatic habitat, aquatic insects, environmental awareness, the watershed, and more. We find that a healthy balance of adventure and education can have a remarkably positive (and lasting!) effect on a child’s learning.
Using the experiential model we can use the natural world to teach children and have fun at the same time. Knowledge gained in the outdoors can be transferred to success in the traditional classroom setting.
Every aspect of our wilderness experience incorporates a philosophy of “Challenge by Choice.” We encourage individuals to push beyond their comfort zone to achieve a higher level of learning, personal growth, and satisfaction. Each program is planned to be progressive, allowing participants increased opportunities for decision-making, problem-solving and cooperative skills.
Programs offered: Rock Climbing, Ropes Course, Confidence Building, Canoeing, Camping, Backpacking, Kayaking, Cross Country Skiing, Snow Shoeing, Orienteering, Caving, SCUBA, Snorkeling, Group Living, Initiative Games, Hiking, Tracking, Problem-Solving, Leadership Training, Outdoor Educational Field Trips, Sailing and more.
Agencies served include: Westfield Public Schools, West Springfield Public Schools, Southwick Public Schools, Granby CT Public Schools & Recreation Department, Western New England College, Williston Academy, Wilbraham Monson Academy, The White Oak School, Masters School, Westfield Center for Children and Youth, Holyoke Street School, Longmeadow Park and Recreation Department, Springfield YMCA, Springfield Park and Recreation Department, Frontier Regional High School, Simsbury High School and Recreation Department, Strawberry Productions. Hired as a consultant to work w/Snapple Beverage Group, Flex-Con, Data Profit, & The Young Presidents Organization, Westinghouse and Zenex. We also serve countless families, scout groups, youth groups, and individuals.Thank you all for your support
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