Field trips have been a vital part of education since humans have existed. Experiencing the “real world” allows students to connect to the ideas in the classroom as well as provide a new environment in which to process their own understanding. Now while field trips facilitate natural study and are super fun and effective, they can be overwhelming to plan, pay for, and follow up on.
So why do it?
Schools today are under more pressure than ever to produce Annual Yearly Progress or chance loosing what little funding they already receive from the government. In an effort to support teachers in their heroic efforts to teach, inspire, and serve the students in their care, partnering with CT also means teachers will get first-hand training which will bolster their academic toolbox with strategies and curriculum that will bring relevant and functional learning to the classrooms. The beauty is that the classroom here is OUTDOORS.
The growing majority of our country's youth and teens are rarely encouraged to explore nature through consistent time spent outside, free from the routines and patterns of everyday indoor life. As our future leaders grow more disconnected from the natural world, their sense of earth stewardship remains undeveloped. This is scientifically supported through Richard Louv's book "Last Child in The Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder."
Coyote Trails School of Nature opens the door of opportunity for students to experience a nature-based curriculum and discover both unique and individual personal insights. Nature reflects to us the impact of our everyday choices and how small simple actions make significant changes. This, in turn, results in a heightened awareness of the interconnectedness and interdependence of all life. By reintroducing this personal relationship with nature the student experiences a greater understanding and appreciation of self. Students of all ages and abilities develop a new found sense of confidence, communication skills, artistic and creative expression, empathy and compassion, and a true sense of freedom to explore.
Students today live in a world of constant motion...school, carpools, piano, soccer, video games and iPhones. Coyote Trails wants to share this nature-based program with teachers as a strategy that augments their academic curriculums with a powerful life skills opportunity.