Adventure for all Ages
“I am well again, I came to life in the cool winds and crystal waters of
the mountains.” - John Muir
We believe participation in natural-based activities has the power to
enhance lives in unique and positive ways.
Everyone benefits from spending time in the outdoors.
Getting outside provides physical benefits such as aerobic,
cardiovascular, and muscular fitness as well as improved functioning of
the immune system.
Healthy character development and self discovery are inspired through
challenge and adventure.
Participation in outdoor recreation helps build confidence, relieves
stress, and helps create environmental awareness. Through
involvement in outdoor adventure recreation, students are encouraged
to develop critical thinking skills and create new problem-solving
strategies and decision-making skills. Adventure builds confidence,
enhances creativity, and inspires spiritual growth. Participants are then
able to integrate these practices into other aspects of their lives. People
who participate regularly in outdoor recreation tend to be more
productive at work, and lead happy, healthy lifestyles. In addition to
personal development, people involved in nature-based activities are
more likely to be knowledgeable and caring about environmental issues.
Children in Nature
“The children and nature movement is fueled by this fundamental idea:
the child in nature is an endangered species, and the health of children
and the health of the Earth are inseparable.”
- Richard Louv
For the benefit of today's youth and for the benefits of future
generations, children need to care about nature. Outdoor education and
adventure programs can help achieve this by allowing kids to connect
with the land in a hands-on way. They can study the natural world,
wilderness ecosystems, plant and animal habitats, and other sciences.
Through these experiences they can realize the value of our nation's
forests and rivers and can therefore grow into citizens who support
conservation and strive for environmental stewardship.
It has recently been acknowledged by experts that our nation’s most
important conservation resource are children. Unfortunately, current
studies show that there has been a significant decline in the amount of
time young people spend outside connecting with nature. The children
of today are filling this time with television programs and video games
like never before. Consequently, today’s youth are less physically
active and less interested in nature and the outdoors. This trend of
inactivity can affect the health of generations, as well as reinforce their
lack of enthusiasm toward environmental stewardship and conservation
and can be prevented by successfully engaging children in fun and
exciting natural resource-based programs. In return, these outdoor
experiences help create a respect for nature by connecting children to
“Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of
the most important events of their lives.”
~ Thomas Berry