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Montecito X-Country Ski: Naturalists at Large


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Custom outdoor education trips for your school.

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  • 1. for over Twenty Years
  • 2. 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 ?
  • 3. Pygmy Forest of Sonoma Giant Forest of Sequoia Sonoran Desert Colorado River Catalina Island
  • 4. What does Naturalists at Large do ?
  • 6. We work with each school every step of the way to identify their outdoor education goals and then tailor a program to meet those specific needs.
  • 7. Trail Group sizes of 9 to 14 students Always with one instructor and one adult from your school
  • 8. Naturalists at Large provides a complete outdoor curriculum for primary through high school level students. We can accommodate trips for 15 students to over 200.
  • 9. Our Instructors
  • 10. 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.
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  • 12. 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.
  • 13. 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 Ambulance: Under 30 minutes from Grant Grove, up to 2 hours from the valley. Medivac Helicopter: Summer...Under 20 minutes; winter...varies with provider Law Enforcement: 15 minutes
  • 14. discover MONTECITO LAKE RESORT
  • 15. Are you looking for some snow?
  • 16. Follow the Plow !
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  • 18. Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks remain a largely unspoiled alpine realm, with high-country lakes and mountain streams, snowfields, and scores of peaks that top 13,000 feet.
  • 19. And where will you stay ?
  • 20. The Montecito Lake Resort Lodge
  • 21. The lodge offers 36 lodge Rooms & 13 Cabins catering to the needs of small and large groups.  The spacious rooms sleep anywhere from a couple to an entire cabin sleeping up to 8 people.
  • 22.  
  • 23. With back porch views of the high Sierra Peaks…
  • 24. Comfortable rooms…
  • 25. And a first rate dining hall to meet the needs of any participant in an active winter program
  • 26. Food Meals are wholesome affairs providing the nutrition needed for active participants There’s a variety of menu options from which to choose
  • 27.
    • Allergies and Special Food Needs
    • Program meals offer vegetarian food options.
    • For those with specific needs due to allergies or personal reasons, we suggest discussion with your faculty.
    • Naturalists at Large can help guide those with special diets to supplement their meals in ways which everyone can most easily manage.
  • 28.  
  • 29. You and your group will be introduced to the beauty of a “Snow Forest” environment.
  • 30.  
  • 31. And you will travel through this magnificent place on these…
  • 32.  
  • 33. Cross-Country Ski’s !!!
  • 34. After each individual gets fitted with a proper set of ski’s, boots, and poles…
  • 35. It’s time for ski school !
  • 36. Ski school and our Naturalist at Large ski instructors will prepare you and your group for the coming days of ski touring All skill levels can be accommodated on our cross-country ski program
  • 37. And after ski school… a chance to get out on miles of groomed and maintained trails
  • 38.  
  • 39. Winter Ecology and Snow Travel will be the focus of our on-trail curriculum
  • 40. Winter is a great time to experience Sequoia
  • 41. How about a nice ski to the warming hut for some hot chocolate?
  • 42.  
  • 43. Besides the time spent on skis, there’s a variety of indoor and outdoor activities to fully utilize this great “classroom”
  • 44. Shelter Building…
  • 46. Tube-ing On a Rope Tow hill
  • 47. And a chance to … throw on some snowshoes and take a walk
  • 48. And a few other optional activities… Journal & Reflective Activity Map & Compass Orienteering Animal Tracking
  • 49. Creativity Relaxation & Stretching Fun Games
  • 50. You and friends, after a brisk morning ski, can open your daypacks and break out some nutritious “goodies” and…
  • 55. Or ?
  • 56. And when the sun sets….
  • 57. Enjoy an indoor campfire…
  • 58. Entertain each other with a skit…
  • 59. Take a Night Walk… or a NIGHT SKI !
  • 60. Star studies and the night sky
  • 61. A Typical Day 7:30 Breakfast 9:00 Groups A and B do journal activities, snowshoe ecology hike, group initiatives. Groups C and D ski to the warming hut 12:00 Lunch by groups 1:00 Groups C and D do journal activities, snowhoe ecology hike, group initiatives. Groups A and B ski to the warming hut 4:30 Return to camp for large group games 6:00 Dinner 7:30 Evening Program: Night walk and star study 9:00 Students released to faculty
  • 62. You and Naturalists at Large at Montecito-Sequoia Discover It !
  • 63.  
  • 64. Allergies, Medications, & Special Dietary Needs Ask about…
  • 65. 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.
  • 66. 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).
  • 67. Plastic bag protection. A half dozen, 1 or 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.
  • 68. The key to staying comfortable on a winter trip is LAYERING of NON-COTTON CLOTHING ! & for extra emphasis… Good quality NON-COTTON long underwear, winter gloves, beanie hat. With leashed sunglasses and a water/wind resistant shell jacket or poncho. You’re good to go!
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