Wilderness Learning Programs
We believe in the power of wild places.
Wilderness-based Programs offer participants the opportunity to go beyond the classroom through a combination of cooperative living, hands-on science activities, self-sufficiency, and group learning. By immersing themselves in the landscape, experience, and each other, students will form bonds and foster confidence that will last a lifetime.
We work hand in hand with schools to tailor our programs to each group’s specific goals. Traditionally, this involves multiple points of contact. We begin with a parent and student meeting at your school where we present a slideshow to help prepare for the trip and answer any questions both groups may have.
Field-based wilderness programs offer the opportunity to truly rely on each other to eat, navigate and to stay warm and dry. These experiences strengthen or refine communication skills along the way and help develop relationships between group members. These courses excel at promoting personal growth and the development of grit, determination and compassion.
Residential wilderness programs are ideal for younger populations and shorter stays. Staying in dormitories onsite, our Spruce Knob Mountain Center is the perfect venue for increasing environmental literacy and learning to read the landscape. For some groups this makes the outdoor classroom more accessible and enjoyable.
Off-site wilderness programs are a great option for schools particularly far away. We use wild spaces throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and focus on the area’s unique characteristics. Expeditions are self-supported in nature and will generally offer an adventure component, such as rock climbing, rappelling, canoeing, or whitewater rafting. Our most popular programs are based on the Appalachian Trail, Delaware Water Gap, and Potomac River.
Contact our Program Manager at 304-567-2632, or at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can tailor our program to your specific needs.