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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 Ambulance: 5-7 minutes from Boulder Creek Medivac Helicopter: available Law Enforcement: 5 minutes
Members of the class will be organized into groups of twelve to fourteen students. Naturalists at Large instructors will work with their groups of students to teach basic camp skills, supervise meal preparation, conduct outdoor education hikes (primarily a mix of "walk and talks” and hands-on activities) on the site trails.
Food Meals are wholesome affairs providing the nutrition needed for active participants There’s a variety of menu options from which to choose
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.
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 include the grassland community, north coast forests, stream science, ecology of the redwoods, forests and humans -- a historical perspective, local geology, the stars, and environmental influences on plant species and diversity. Emphasis will be tailored to complement the academic goals of the school.
The site features a variety of flowers and trees, including oak, tanoak, madrone, live oak, laurel and Douglas fir. California native wildflowers include buttercups, milkmaids, and Indian paintbrush.
The following is a sample three-day schedule that has been used by several schools. Four-day and five-day trips often add off-site options and allow for a more in-depth experience of the region. All Naturalists at Large trips are tailored to meet each school’s outdoor education goals .
(Day one) 11:00 Arrive at Boulder Creek Orientation to site, Staff and Faculty meeting Break into trail groups / small group orientation and introductions. 12:00 Lunch 1:00 Move in to lodging 2:00 Begin Initiatives & Challenges 6:30 Dinner 7:30 Evening Program: Night awareness and trust activities 9:00 Students released to faculty
(Day two) 7:30 Breakfast 9:00 Groups A & B do redwood ecology hike, group initiatives. Groups C & D do low ropes 12:00 Lunch by groups 1:00 Groups C & D do redwood ecology hike, group initiatives. Groups A & B do low ropes 4:30 Return to camp 6:00 Dinner 7:30 Evening Program: Star study / Campfire 9:00 Students released to faculty
(Day three) 7:30 Breakfast 8:15 Pack 8:45 All gear staged and ready to load on bus 9:00 Groups C & D do stream study and games. Groups A & B goes Kayaking at Elkhorn 11:30 Lunch by trail groups 12:00 Groups A, B do stream study and games. Groups C & D goes Kayaking at Elkhorn 2:30 Return to camp for debrief 3:00 Load gear on bus 3:30 School departs
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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, 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.
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