We work with eachschool every stepof the way toidentify theiroutdoor educationgoals and thentailor a program tomeet those specificneeds.
Trail Group sizes of 9 to 14 students Always with one instructor and one adult from your school
Naturalists at Largeprovides a complete outdoor curriculumfor primary through high school level students. We can accommodate trips for 15 students to over 200.
Naturalists at Large draws it’s instructorsfrom all over the United States. These aremen and women with 4-year universitydegrees who have proven experienceworking with youth in the outdoors and inthe classroom.
With their high comfort and experience inthe outdoors, their passion for teaching,and a commitment to safety first, we havethe foundation for a fantastic experiencefor you and your students.
All of our instructors are CPR and WildernessFirst Aid Certified. 80 % of them hold advancedcertifications such as Wilderness EmergencyMedical Training, Wilderness First Responders andWilderness Advanced First Aid.RESPONSE TIMES: for Emergency ServicesAmbulance: One hour by road give or takedepending on whether the call comes from PaloVerde, Walter’s or Picacho.Medivac Helicopter: 20 minutes to two hours.Law Enforcement: Walter’s 30 minutes to onehour, Picacho minutes from State ranger (on site).
Meals are wholesome affairs providing the nutrition needed for activeThere’s a variety of menu participantsoptions 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.
This ribbon of life flows through the driest desert in North America. The colorful history of the miners, ranchers and people who lived alongthe river, is an exciting aspect of this trip. Arid lands and water transfer systems are part of the American west. By the end of the trip allstudents will be competent in the art of handling a two-person canoe.
A Typical Day7:30 Breakfast9:00 Everybody hits the river by paddle group,with a mid-morning stop and short hike toLonesome’s Last Stand for Journal Activity.12:00 Lunch by groups1:00 On river with paddle into Draper’s Lake andgroup float with water policy discussion4:30 Arrive at outpost and set camp6:00 Dinner7:30 Evening Program:Night walk and star study9:00 Students released to faculty
Equipment RemindersFollow your equipment list.Pack together. Adult and student candouble check the contents of the gear bag.All clothing should fit in a medium sizeduffle.A day pack is essential to move about theprogram with water, some food, extralayers of clothing, and personal incidentals.
Utensil Kit that may be reused for each mealand a cup that can handle hot & cold liquids.Rain gear is a must. (water-proof shell) RainPonchos are fine.Comfortable closed toed shoes are required.Light weight hikers or tennis shoes with afew pairs of good outdoor socks (non-cotton).Water Shoes, either outdoor sandals withheal strap or aqua socks.
A good water bottle or two (quart or liter).The proper sleeping bag (check your equipmentlist for specifics).Ground pad. Ensolite pads are much cheaperthan thermarest types and work just as well.Plastic bag protection. A half dozen, 2 gallonstorage ziplocks are good for protectingclothing in a gear bag from moisture. Alongwith a couple hefty 15 to 30 gallon bags to lineyour gear bag and sleeping bag (& daypack).
Don’t send gear that you could notafford lost or broken (expensivecameras, cell phones, and otherelectronics). A handy disposable camerawould be just fine.Follow your equipment list, ask questions,borrow from friends.