We have a great network of educators that we have worked with throughout the years and thought we’d share some of our favorite activities to use with youth in three areas. These activities are designed to be used in the classroom, at home or on the trail.
Here are some activities we love:
Dress Like an Onion – What to Wear on a Hike
Dress Like an Onion will help participants understand how to properly dress for being outside in all seasons. It will prepare them for outdoors travel and adventure by teaching about different fabrics and materials.
Sound Poems – Sensory Awareness and Reflection
The Sound Poems Activity is a great way to use the outdoors experience to provide opportunities for creativity and self-expression in nature. The activity can be used as a springboard for heightened sensory awareness and reflection in the natural world.
Giving Back to the Mountains – Fostering Connections through Stewardship
Foster a sense of community and connection to a student’s local natural area through stewardship and service with a creative service project.
What To Do, What Not To Do – Leave No Trace Principles
When enjoying the outdoors it is important to be aware of the impacts that we have and to tread lightly in order to minimize these impacts, all while having fun! Use this activity to teach the seven principles of Leave No Trace hiking ethics and understand how they can be applied in real-life situations. This is a good opportunity to be silly and creative – and to use a lot of props!
Mountain Ecosystems – Observations and Exploration
The Vermont mountains are a unique and exciting place, home to many diverse ecosystems. Students will learn about what makes an ecosystem and will learn about the different mountain ecosytems in their area through observation and exploration.