Prairie Creek S.P.: Naturalists at Large


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Prairie Creek S.P.: Naturalists at Large

  1. 1. for over Twenty Years
  2. 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. 3. Pygmy Forest of Sonoma Giant Forest of Sequoia Sonoran Desert Colorado River Catalina Island
  4. 4. What does Naturalists at Large do ?
  6. 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. 7. Trail Group sizes of 9 to 14 students Always with one instructor and one adult from your school
  8. 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. 9. Our Instructors
  10. 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.
  11. 12. 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: 6 minutes out of Orick. Hospital 40 miles away. Medivac Helicopter: 50 minutes out of Redding.
  12. 13. 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. 14. Prairie Creek Redwood State Park
  14. 15. The park is located 50 miles north of Eureka and 25 miles south of Crescent City on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway off of Highway 101
  15. 17. Set aside in the early 1920’s by the forethought of the people of California and the generosity of the Save-the-Redwoods League, Prairie Creek is a sanctuary of old growth coast redwood. Prairie Creek offers hiking, nature study, wildlife viewing, beach combing, picnicking, a visitor center with exhibits and a nature store.
  16. 18. Visitor Center
  17. 20. Let's Go !
  18. 21. WELCOME
  19. 23. Elk Prairie Campground: Hot showers (require quarters) and flush toilets
  20. 24. SET UP YOUR TENT
  21. 25. 4 person tent with 2-3 students per tent
  22. 26. Everybody get’s to help with camp chores
  23. 27. Food Meals are wholesome affairs providing the nutrition needed for active participants There’s a variety of menu options from which to choose
  24. 28. MEAL TIME
  25. 29. <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>
  26. 30. GET READY FOR...
  28. 32. 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.
  29. 33. 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.
  30. 34. Environmental Education
  31. 35. 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.
  33. 38. Hiking and Exploring
  34. 40. Forest Ecology
  36. 44. Destination Hikes Fern Canyon Trail
  37. 45. And a few other optional activities… Journal & Reflective Activity Map & Compass Orienteering Animal Tracking
  38. 46. Creativity Relaxation & Stretching Fun Games
  39. 47. And when the sun goes down...
  40. 48. Star studies and the night sky
  41. 49. Night Hike
  42. 50. Campfire
  43. 51. A Typical Day 7:30 Breakfast 9:00 Groups A and B do journal activities, redwood ecology hike, group initiatives. Groups C and D hike Fern Canyon and do stream study 12:00 Lunch by groups 1:00 Groups C and D do journal activities, redwood ecology hike, group initiatives. Groups A and B hike Fern Canyon and do stream study 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
  44. 52. A great experience for the individual student…
  45. 53. The group…
  46. 54. And the Faculty !
  47. 55. Prairie Creek Redwood State Park DISCOVER IT !
  48. 56. Ask about… Allergies, Medications, and Special Dietary Needs
  49. 57. 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.
  50. 58. 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.
  51. 59. 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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