Outdoor Classroom, Mountain Adventure Center, Wilderness Challenge and W.I.L.D. Homeschool Programs

Wilderness Institute programs are designed to fully engage children and adults in exploring the natural world while encouraging their sense of wonder. We strive to inspire in students a deep appreciation for nature and in their own capabilities by providing hands-on Mindfulness Nature Immersion experiences with opportunities to stretch their "comfort zones" to feel more comfortable in the outdoors while developing life skills appropriate for their age group.

We plan, organize, and facilitate extraordinary adventure-based educational experiences at our Peaceful Valley Resort and Conference Center home. Our programs are also offered in a variety of other locations near Lyons, Colorado and Malibu, California. Our Mobile Rock Climbing Wall and activities can come to your facility or most any off-site meeting location.

As an Outdoor School, we introduce your students to ecological concepts and teach sustainability practices through hands-on activities which are both stimulating and challenging. We provide students instruction in outdoor skills, natural and cultural history, team-building, leadership and life skills.

Through the ongoing creative exploration, practical first-hand experiences, and natural play students deepen their understanding of the world around them. This instills a heartfelt relationship with nature and builds a foundation of respect and appreciation for nature and for each other.

Program Options
Outdoor Classroom- Field Outings lasting from three hours to a full day.
Mountain Adventure Retreat Center- Residential Camping programs lasting from two to three days
Wilderness Challenge- Teen leadership development program
"WILD" Learning Discoveries Homeschool Educational Program- Scheduled and customized outdoor classes
Reach Higher! A School-site Community Development program (Mobile Experiential Events and Rock Wall- Provides empowered team building activities at your location!)

Our staff of professional naturalists and specialists can enrich your current studies in a variety of subjects!

Imagine your students......
Finding lost treasure with a map & compass... Catching insects in a net... Making cordage like Native Americans... Hitting the target with a Tomahawk ... Or, celebrating their team success in the Eco-Challenge!

Selection of program topics include:
Nature Immersion (and Interpretive Hikes)
Leaping Lizards (Reptiles)
Furry Critters (Wildlife/Mammals)
Birds of Prey (Raptors)
Bug Buddies (Insects and Spiders)
Tide pool Discovery (Marine Biology)
Wildland Fire (Fire Ecology & Safety)
Stream Explorers (Watershed Ecology)
Astronomy (and Lunar Studies)
Fossil Findings (Geology and Dinosaurs!)
Native American Indigenous Skills (Crafts & Lore)
Pioneer Living Skills (Kids on the Frontier)
Wilderness Skills (Shelters, Fire, Navigation, & more!)
Target Archery Instruction (Field Archery Course)
Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing (Winter Ecology)
Primitive Skills (Bush Craft)
Rock Climbing (and Rappelling)
Leadership and Team-Building Adventures (Challenge Ropes Course)

Wilderness Institute Learning Discoveries (W.I.L.D.)
The “WILD” Homeschool Education Program is a series of outdoor experiential activity lessons designed to provide your homeschooled children with insightful and engaging learning opportunities. Students will meet new friends and build strong bonds of fellowship, gain increased confidence in their newfound outdoor skills and physical movement capabilities, and develop a deeper understanding and connection to the natural world in this engaging series of classes.

We introduce your children to ecological concepts and teach sustainability practices through hands-on activities that are both stimulating and challenging. Through the study of ecological principles, nature immersion, and natural play experiences, students deepen their understanding of the world around them. This discovery approach helps to build a stronger community instilling a heartfelt relationship with nature while building a foundation of respect and appreciation for the earth and each other.

Each activity class day is composed of 5-hours where students work in small teams doing hands-on lessons and spend focused time on areas of specific interest and skill development.

2017 Fall Session Dates:
Session I. Tuesdays; Aug. 29, Sept. 5, Sept. 12
Session II. Tuesdays; Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Oct. 31
(3 activity days per session)

Times: 9:30AM-2:30PM (5 hours with Lunch break)

TUITION: $120/Session
(10% Discount for each additional sibling)
A la Carte Option Rate: $50/day
Tribal Groups: Ages 6-12 yrs. (Children older than 12 yrs. can participate as Jr. Leaders (as part of our teen Mentor/Leadership Development Program. Please inquire for more details.)

Program Locations
♦ We are located in Colorado Front Range foothills at Peaceful Valley Resort and Conference Center near Lyons, CO where Roosevelt National Forest becomes our outdoor classroom.

School-site Community Development
Reach Higher! is our school outreach program targeted at serving middle-school students at risk of the negative impacts from “peer-bullying” and loss of community. Highlighted by the use of Team Challenge and Mobile Rock Wall activities, the program focuses on building community or “common-unity” within the class and increasing students’ communication, problem solving, collaboration, and teamwork skills. Outcomes include deepened levels of trust, enhanced self-efficacy, and increased resilience among student participants resulting in reduced instances of "Bullying" and its negative consequences.

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