Nature Link Overnight Trip
Experiential and education experience
Our Nature Link 3 day 2 night overnight experience gets your students outside, working together, and interacting with the environment in a way they never could in a traditional classroom.
- GROUP SIZE: 8-96 (for indoor lodging including chaperones)
- LENGTH: 3 days 2 nights
- LOCATION: Hemlock Overlook Regional Park
- COST: $230.00 per participant
- INCLUDES: All activities, instruction, lodging, food, take home pocket guide
Day 1: Students arrive in the morning for a day spent on our Low Ropes Team Development Coursewith Zip-line. Following the course students will unpack and settle into the bunkhouses before heading to the lodge for a hot delicious meal. Following dinner, students will participate in an evening nature hike with some stargazing and nocturnal biology studies.
Day 2: Following breakfast, groups will break back into their smaller groups and spend the day doing a series of environmental education lessons and activities. The day is closed out with dinner and a campfire where students take part in a s'moreientation, and take part in skits and games before bed
Day 3: After breakfast groups complete the third part of their environmental education experience, enjoy one last lunch, then pack up and depart to be back at school before closing bell.
Real life challenges transfer to our low ropes team development course activities, building trust, improving group dynamics and communication, and stimulating personal growth. Navigating our course, groups will be presented with challenges ranging from simple to complex. Experienced field staff facilitate group debriefs, highlighting relevant life lessons. Each group will also experience an individual high ropes adventure on our 300' long zip-line.
Watershed Studies is designed to help students learn that water systems are part of larger ecological cycle, define what a watershed is and how everything in a watershed affects water quality, Students engage in the scientific process of stream monitoring, to assess environmental quality of a body of water based on diversity of aquatic organisms.
Outdoor Living Skills
The basic needs of survival can be characterized by the “Rule of Threes”, outlining requirements for shelter, food and water. Learn basic to advanced skills to support outdoor living and survival, including bow drill fires, shelter constructions, tracking, plant identification, cordage and more. Combine survival skills with orienteering for an all-encompassing lesson in outdoor living.
Ecology & Town Hall
Ecology studies focuses students to the idea that explanations of nature are developed and tested by observation, experimentation, models, evidence, and systematic processes. Students will explore the flora and fauna of the Northern Virginia area, specifically white tail deer populations, specific trees in our area, and the effects both have on each other. Following the ecology lessons students will participate in a town hall discussion. The town hall allows students to engage in an active discussion about what actions to take to combat local issues dealing with forest management and vote on a solution.