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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: 10 minutes Medivac Helicopter: available Law Enforcement: 10 minutes
The camp features challenge courses, playing fields, a swimming pool, small lake, modern well kept accommodations, and wholesome meals. A variety of programs can be put together using these elements. Students can do the ropes course and climbing wall in addition to outdoor and environmental education.
At 7,000 feet in elevation, it’s surrounded by an Incence Cedar and Yellow Pine forest.
Take a close up view of the San Bernardino Mountains Experience, which can be provided by Naturalists at Large for you and your students.
Cedar Lake is a wonderful backdrop for the study of Forest Ecology, Environmental Science and the development of class unity through challenging activity.
Food 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>
Lodging at Cedar Lake Herriman Lodge rooms accommodating 6 persons with attached bath/shower
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.
The Naturalists at Large ropes program is designed to introduce all students to this exciting activity. Students learn to work together and cooperate towards a common goal. Ropes instruction is complemented by challenge and initiative games that will foster greater group interaction. Challenge Course
Lessons learned include trust in fellow students, increased ability to focus, and development of self-esteem. The few climbing skills acquired by the students focus on a safe and successful experience. The organization of ground school preparation and ropes sites are designed with this philosophy in mind.
Study of human impact on old-growth and second-growth forests Introduction to environmental science concepts Transverse range natural history and geology Natural History Hikes
This is accomplished by introducing them to the natural and cultural history of the surrounding area while they explore the trails and study the various habitats. Students will discover the unique natural and human history of the area, develop group cooperation through shared experiences, enhance leadership abilities, and learn basic outdoor skills. Naturalists at Large programs are designed to give the students a "sense of place".
The Cedar Lake Camp is a fully self contained site with a variety of hiking trails, a year round lake and all camp facilities nestled within the National Forest.
Students are constantly encouraged to solve problems posed by the Naturalists at Large instructors, comprised of both intellectual problems and well thought-out and well executed physical problems (i.e. initiative activities). Each trail group is with a Naturalists at Large naturalist-instructor, and a faculty or parent chaperon each day for the entire program.
And a few other optional activities… Journal & Reflective Activity Map & Compass Orienteering Animal Tracking
(Day one) 11:00 Arrive at Cedar Lake Camp Bus greeters. 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 forest ecology hike, group initiatives. Groups C & D do high ropes 12:00 Lunch by groups 1:00 Groups C & D do forest 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 do high ropes 11:30 Lunch by trail groups 12:00 Groups A, B do stream study and games. Groups C & D do high ropes 2:30 Return to camp for debrief 3:00 Load gear on bus 3:30 School departs
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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.
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).
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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