Outdoor Classroom
 School and Youth Group Outdoor Adventures

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 their own capabilities by providing hands-on 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 “High Performance Team-Building and Leadership” 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 provide students instruction in outdoor skills, natural and cultural history, team-building, leadership and life skills through service projects (Citizen Science), field outings, extended field studies, residential camping, and our highlighted "Wilderness Challenge" program.

We introduce your students to ecological concepts and teach sustainability practices through hands-on activities which are both stimulating and challenging. Our staff of professional naturalists and specialists can enrich your current studies in a variety of subjects!

Through the ongoing study of natural and cultural history, first-hand experiences, and natural play students deepen their understanding of the world around them instilling a heartfelt relationship with nature and community and building a foundation of respect and appreciation for nature and each other.

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 Skills (Crafts & Lore)
Pioneer Living Skills (Kids on the Frontier)
Wilderness Skills (Shelters, Fire & Navigation)
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)

Program Locations
♦ We are located in Colorado Front Range foothills at Peaceful Valley Resort and Conference Center where Roosevelt National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Park become our outdoor classrooms!
♦ And, in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area where it's many county, state, and national park sites serve as the locations for our field studies programs.
Field Outings last from three hours to a full day.
Two to three day Residential Camping Retreats and Wilderness Challenge programs.
"WILD" Learning Discoveries Home School Educational Program
Mobile Experiential Events and Rock Wall can come to your location!

Reach Higher! is also 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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