Our education programs for over two hundred of California's public and independent schools have introduced thousands of students to environments as diverse as the… Independent Schools Charter Schools Public Schools Waldorf Schools Montessori Schools Who do we serve ?
Pygmy Forest of Sonoma Giant Forest of Sequoia Sonoran Desert Colorado River Catalina Island
Naturalists at Large draws it’s instructors from all over the United States. These are men and women with 4-year university degrees who have proven experience working with youth in the outdoors and in the classroom.
With their high comfort and experience in the outdoors, their passion for teaching, and a commitment to safety first, we have the foundation for a fantastic experience for you and your students.
All of our instructors are CPR and First Aid Certified. 80 % of them hold advanced certifications such as Wilderness Emergency Medical Training, Wilderness First Responders and Wilderness Advanced First Aid. RESPONSE TIMES: for Emergency Services Initial EMT response from Lee Vining fire department...not an ambulance: 5 minutes Ambulance: 10 minutes from June Lake Law enforcement: 10 minutes Medivac: 45 minutes from Reno...”Careflight” Sheriff - search and rescue: 15 minutes.
The lake was, in recent years, the center of attention regarding water use rights. Nearly drained in the 1980, Mono Lake is now quite full and alive with shrimp, birds and all manner of little critters.
Meals are wholesome affairs providing the nutrition needed for active participants There’s a variety of menu options from which to choose
<ul><li>Allergies and Special Food Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Program meals offer vegetarian food options. </li></ul><ul><li>For those with specific needs due to allergies or personal reasons, we suggest discussion with your faculty. </li></ul><ul><li>Naturalists at Large can help guide those with special diets to supplement their meals in ways which everyone can most easily manage. </li></ul>
A focus of most all Naturalists at Large programming is the interaction of the individual with the group. The needs of both must be met through the development of cooperation, leadership and problem solving skills.
The facilitation of activities, with the emphasis on our interaction with the environment and each other, promotes awareness of each individual’s role in making the group experience a positive one.
Educational Themes can include: Eastern Sierra/Mono Lake; A Sense of Place Geology of the Sierra Nevada Mountains Birds of the Sierra Tree identification Plants and Animals The conifer forest and sage plateau region Plant and animal adaptations California water policy
We wish to explore the importance of natural places to our culture and the individual through exploration, group discussions, and journal exercises. This shared group experience will foster school spirit and increase group unity.
Lundy Canyon - Trailhead elevation 8200'. 1/2 mile or longer. Hike up the trail through the aspen groves, enjoy the abundant display of wildflowers, and revel in the beauty of the cliffs and waterfalls.
Evening Programs Naturalists at Large will use the evening as an alternative activity/learning time for students. Each evening will have a different focus. Astronomy: constellations, motion of stars and planets, stellar evolution, stories and myths. Evening hikes to foster confidence with no artificial light. We also cover nocturnal adaptations of animals. Traditional campfire: songs, stories and skits performed by the students and Naturalists at Large staff.
7:30 Breakfast 8:30 Depart for Black Point hike; emphasis on volcanism and exploring fissures. 11:50 Lunch at county park 1:00 Panum Crater hike 2:30 Tour South Tufa Reserve. Emphasis on water politics and lake ecology. Human, animal and geological history of the lake. Students will eat alkalai fly pupae, catch brine shrimp and study tufa and its components. 4:30 Return to camp 6:00 Dinner 7:15 Evening program: Sensory awareness and astronomy 8:45 Students released to faculty 10:00 Lights out Sample Day
A great adventure for the group… And the individual.
Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star. …Muir
Ask about… Medications, Allergies, and Special Dietary Needs
Equipment Reminders Follow your equipment list. Pack together. Adult and student can double check the contents of the gear bag. All clothing should fit in a medium size duffle. A day pack is essential to move about the program with water, some food, extra layers of clothing, and personal incidentals. Utensil Kit that may be reused for each meal and a cup that can handle hot & cold liquids.
Rain gear is a must. ( water-proof shell) Rain Ponchos are fine. Comfortable closed toed shoes are required. Light weight hikers or tennis shoes with a few pairs of good outdoor socks (non-cotton). A good water bottle (quart or liter). The proper sleeping bag (check your equipment list for specifics). Ground pad. Ensolite pads are much cheaper than thermarest types and work just as well.
Plastic bag protection. A half dozen, 2 gallon storage ziplocks are good for protecting clothing in a gear bag from moisture. Along with a couple hefty 15 to 30 gallon bags to line your gear bag and sleeping bag (& daypack). Don’t send gear that you could not afford lost or broken (expensive cameras, cell phones, and other electronics). A handy disposable camera would be just fine. Follow your equipment list, ask questions, borrow from friends.
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