During field based programs, students spend a week living and exploring the outdoors together. Working in small groups, students set up a basecamp at the edge of the Spruce Knob Mountain Center or in the bordering Monongahela National Forest. From this basecamp, students explore the ridges, summits, valleys, and caves of the area. Day hikes are punctuated with teambuilding activities and lessons pertaining to the flora, fauna, geology, and geography of the area. Each night, the students return to camp to cook, clean, play, and rest. The combination of cooperative living, hands-on science activities, self-sufficiency, and group learning in an immersive setting helps to form bonds and foster confidence that will last for a lifetime.
Field-based programs are recommended for middle and high school students.
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