Wilderness Skills with Archery

July 5 – 9 | Ages 5-7 & 8-12

8:30–3:30 | Early & After Care Available

Mon-Thu $347 | Mon-Fri $425 | Mon-Fri (8:00-5:30) $550 + tax

Challenge Level:

This is where the fun begins for our campers. Learn how to prepare for a hike and stay safe in the wilderness. Campers will learn the four cardinal directions, how to find north without a compass, signaling for help, and the importance of attitude in a survival situation. Survival shelters (and forts!) will be a key activity this week. Older campers will explore wilderness skills in more depth while planting the seeds of exploration and adventure in a safe, fun, and engaging environment.

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Wilderness Survival Shelters

Learn everything you have ever wanted to know about survival shelters and gain wilderness survival skills in this week long adventure. What is a debris hut and how it is different than a wicki-up? Why won’t a stick fort keep me warm and dry, and how can I make it so it will? We will learn about survival shelters and about primitive and modern fire-making techniques, and make our own food over the fire on our overnight campout.  Campers will need their own camping gear. 

June 21-25 | Ages 8-12

8:30–3:30 pm | Overnight Campout Wednesday Night 

Mon-Thu $425 | Mon-Fri $495 | Mon-Fri (8-5:30) $595 + tax

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Robin Hood’s Secrets with Archery

The story of Robin Hood evokes clever and thoughtful adventures in the woods, stealthy river crossings, balancing on logs and fine homes in trees. How did this merry band of men and women keep their camp secretly hidden from foes? What were these skills of invisibility, enabling them to watch over the forest, unseen all the while? How did they defend themselves, cook, heal their wounds and spend their leisure time? We’ll have opportunities to explore these age old secrets of the woodland life and adventures over the week, while delving into the classic tale of Robin Hood and his band of brave women and men, as handed down through the generations.

June 1-4 | Ages 5-7

8:30–3:30 pm | Early & After Care Available

Tues-Fri $347 | Tues-Fri $425 | Tues-Fri (8-5:30) $475 +tax

Challenge Level:

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Wildside Saturdays

January – May | Monthly Saturdays | Ages 5-12 | 10am – 3pm

Winter & Spring Dates: January 30, February 27, March 27, April 24

Challenge Level:

Wildside is a monthly skills building and nature connection program which runs throughout the school year, with seasonal enrollment.

This is an empowering adventure for children and youth, providing them an opportunity to inquire, engage and challenge themselves in skills that will provide them with a deep sense of nature connection and accomplishment.

Wilderness skills, archery, tracking, orienteering, shelter building and natural crafts will be a part of our time together. As a group we will build strong trust and communication skills and have a lot of fun playing team building and nature-connection games.

COVID-safe practices will be enforced. Adult:Camper Ratio is 1:5.

Fall Tuition:$340 + tax.

Monthly drop-in available, space permitting: $85 + tax

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Mountain Kids! After School Program

When virtual school is over for the day, it is time to step away from the screen, and get your kids out to play in nature!

Mountain Kids! After School program is a place for children to engage in free-play, group games, exploration, hiking, wilderness skills, and arts & crafts during adventures on local trails and in parks.

Studies (and experience) show that being outside in nature is good for children’s social, emotional and spiritual health. Children develop greater confidence, team work skills and build up tolerance for adversity by spending time outside, and so much more!  All of this while having fun, getting dirty, and best for parents; tired!

COVID-safe practices will be followed. Masks and hand-sanitizing are required by children and staff. Adult: Camper Ratio is 1:5.

Monday or Tuesday | Ages 5-12 | 3:30-5:30pm

January 11 – May 21 , 2021

Spring Break: Week of March 15

Challenge Level: (Age-Appropriate)

Monthly Tuition: $160 + tax

Enroll in 2 days weekly for 10% Tuition Discount

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Mountain Girls!

Mondays or Thursdays | Ages 11-15

3:30-5:30 (time adjusted seasonally as needed)

January 11 – May 20, 2021

Drop-off and pick-up at local trail heads

Challenge Level:

Mountain Girls provides girls ages 10-15 with an opportunity to build confidence, positive relationships, health, leadership, and a love of nature through outdoor activities (hiking, mountain biking, wilderness skills, backpacking, games, art, and journalling).

Discussions and journaling will build self awareness, while challenging activities such as biking and hiking build confidence. Girls will be split into age-appropriate groups and will choose a group goal to work towards.

COVID-safe practices will be enforced. Masks and frequent hand-sanitizing required by all children and staff. Adult: Camper Ratio is 1:5

Winter & Spring Monthly Tuition: $160 + tax

Optional: Girls Backpacking Trip $285 + tax

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Wildschool

Monday, Wednesday & Friday | Ages 5-12 | 9 am – 3 pm

January 11 – May 21, 2021

Spring Break: Week of March 15th

Enrollment available for one or more days per semester. $10% discount for multiple day enrollment

Challenge Level:

Wildschool is a nature immersion program for children ages 5-12. Days are filled with nature awareness games, primitive skills, tracking, crafting, natural movement, play and story. Phenology (the study of seasonal changes) will be incorporated in an age-appropriate way.

Listening to the wild within and all around, the children enliven their animal senses, tuning their creativity and awareness to outer rhythms and seasonal changes.

COVID-Safe practices will be enforced. Masks and frequent hand-sanitizing will be required by all children and staff. Staff:student ratio 1:5.

Winter & Spring Monthly Tuition: $340 + tax. $10% discount for multiple day enrollment. Monthly Payment Plans. Seasonal Enrollment.

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A Walk on the Wildside

Our Saturday Wildside group had a blast this past week hiking along the Santa Fe River.

We started the day finding north and orienteering for treasure; it turns out kids can use their spidey senses to find treasure (apples and oranges), rather than compasses. 😉 We also used a stick compass to find north and all four directions, so easy and useful.

We were challenged in some physical agility; walking across logs, climbing and descending muddy slopes, and playing King of the Log; where one person tries to  bounce an opponent off a log without touching them. A fun new game!

The rope swing was another fun-filled challenge, with some giddy swinging and Tarzan whoops filling the warm winter day. Only two kids took to the river for a wee splash and were none the worse for wear. Plastic bags and extra socks sure come in handy for wet feet on a winter day outside.

We hiked down the river through towering cottonwoods, in awe of the beauty, and the two hawks we encountered, who were just as interested in watching us as we were them.

We finished our day with a lesson on how to harvest willow and used our kitchen peelers to take the medicine rich bark from the plant. Each Mountain Kid went home with a paper sack of bark to make tea as a remedy for fever, diarrhea or sunburn.

What a beautiful winter day to wander and play along the Santa Fe river.

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