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One-Day Field Trips for K-12

Interested in One-Day Field Trips for K-12?

Email us or call (845) 256-9830 to learn how we can customize a program for your group!

Wild Earth creates unique nature immersion experiences that strengthen connections to self, each other and the Earth while building ecological, social and cultural resilience.

Located along the Shawangunk Ridge in New York’s Hudson Valley, and founded in 2004, Wild Earth provides innovative nature connection programs for school groups, business groups, youth and families.

We offer a diverse selection of experiences including programs for empowerment, leadership, the arts, rites of passage, and experiential science education.

All of our programs include awareness building, adventure and fun, primitive skills and crafts, and story and song facilitated by multi-generational mentors.

Our programs are premised on the belief that experiences in nature are not only essential for a person’s cognitive, physical and emotional well-being, but they also help strengthen connections to self, to others and to the Earth.

Sample Schedule:

Arrival & Welcoming Circle

  • Staff introductions and giving thanks for the day, short, sweet, fun and interactive

Small Group Orientation, Awareness, and Skills

  • Split into groups of 10-15 students accompanied by 2-4 instructors
  • As small group, consider the land and identify hazards and safety concerns, agree on clear code of conduct
  • Play engaging, orienting games that expand sensory awareness and help participants to more fully ‘arrive’ in the woods
  • Dive into skill-based team challenges such as waterproof shelter building or fire-making
  • Eat lunch within small groups

Afternoon Choice-Based Skills

  • Students are presented with 3-5 skills to learn and try.  Depending on group size and age of participants, students may rotate through different activity groups.  Activities may include the following:
    • Target Practice – archery and/or throwing sticks
    • Long-match – learning to carry a fire from point A to point B
    • Ninja Training – games of agility and blindfolded challenges and exercises
    • Dyeing yarn or cloth with natural plant dyes
    • Twining natural rope from plant material
    • Track casting – hunting for animal footprints and making plaster casts
    • Jedi Training Challenge – While balancing on a log, use “lightsabers”, to keep a suspended ball away.
    • Fox Walking & Invisibility – Learn to blend into surroundings by practicing the stealth techniques of a fox

Closing Circle & Departure

  • Entire group comes back together to share celebrations and reflections of the day

Additional Questions?

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One-Day Field Trips for K-12

At Wild Earth, students reconnect with the reality of the natural world beyond technology, electronics and advertising. Working collaboratively, students learn a collection of native skills along the way.

The magic begins with inspiring stories, hands-on demonstrations, and individual and group challenges. In all of our programs participants learn practical skills to expand their awareness in both the forest and in the world. Together, we focus on team building, adventure and play, as well as building intimacy and knowledge of nature. At the end of the day we harvest our learnings, sharing stories of our experience.

“I learned that my students have the ability to do more than I expected them to. That they can rise to the challenge when given the opportunity.”Special Education Teacher

Venturing into the unknown of the outdoors is a great way to level the playing field and allow students to build new connections.

“I loved that the program was submerged in nature. It is a perfect setting to equalize the classes in terms of social hierarchies, providing ALL students with the opportunity to shine!”School Counselor

Being immersed in nature provides students and faculty with an opportunity to form foundational bonds that will serve the class throughout the school year.

“This program was fantastic. It was a wonderful way for the 5th graders to get to know each other and form bonds as four schools blended into one. It also helped me to get to know my kids better at the start of a new year.”5th Grade Teacher

Experiential Learning Activities include:

  • Participate in a variety of team-building games.
  • Learn how to use, read and apply information with field guides.
  • Construct indigenous crafts such as: weaving cord from natural fibers, making grass mats, building debris shelters.
  • Safely observe staff members as they demonstrate building a fire by friction.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of fire safety.
  • Learn skills for wilderness survival and environmental stewardship.
  • Deepen awareness of the identification of plant, animal, and insect species that live in the area.
  • Use the five senses to connect with learning experiences in the forest.

“This is the best day of my life!”
“This is really the best field trip ever!”
Public school students at a Wild Earth field trip

Common Core Learning Standards include:

  • Grade level equivalent standards will be used, Grade 2 standards used below as examples.
  • Reading Informational Text: Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
  • Language: Identify real life connections between words and their use.
  • Speaking and Listening: Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
  • Writing: Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

“When the kids returned, they were glowing they were so happy. We don’t get to see them with such abandoned joy all that often. They sang us all the songs they learned today, and not one of them wasn’t singing full out. This is fabulous! They all needed this so badly – just to be able to be kids.”
Administrator at non-profit that sent students to Wild Earth

Next Generation Science Standards include:

  • Biological Evolutions: Unity and Diversity: Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

“It is not an exaggeration to say that this was a life-changing experience for our kids, most of whom had never spent a day in the woods.”
Evry Mann, Executive Director of Center for Creative Education

Social Emotional Objective and Anti-Bullying Strategies include:

  • Through engaging in environmental stewardship, students will rely on their own ideas and contributions to group activities as well as embrace, consider and attempt the suggestions of others.
  • Anti-bullying strategies aim to promote positive interactions and reduce bullying through collaboration and problem-solving models of learning. These strategies also address the role of the environment as it applies to development and improvement of behavior problems.

Wild Earth customizes every experience to best fit the needs of your group.

Email us or call (845) 256-9830 to learn how we can customize a program for your group!

“I picked up my daughter and she just stopped talking about the trip! And, that is only because she needed to take a which I can still hear her voice because she is singing loudly! She is full of life and stories. She enjoyed the entire experience, especially her counselors. …she feels so much closer to her classmates because of the trip.”
Parent of a 7th grade student

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