Mount Cross: Naturalists at Large

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Mount Cross: Naturalists at Large

  1. 1. Who do we serve ?Our education programsfor over two hundred ofCalifornias public andindependent schools haveintroduced thousands ofstudents to environmentsas diverse as the…
  2. 2. Pygmy Forest of Sonoma Catalina Island Giant Forest of Sequoia Sonoran Desert Colorado River
  3. 3. What doesNaturalists at Large do ?
  4. 4. We work with eachschool every stepof the way toidentify theiroutdoor educationgoals and thentailor a program tomeet those specificneeds.
  5. 5. Trail Group sizes of 9 to 14 students Always with one instructor and one adult from your school
  6. 6. Naturalists at Largeprovides a complete outdoor curriculumfor primary through high school level students. We can accommodate trips for 15 students to over 200.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. All of our instructors are CPR and WildernessFirst Aid Certified. 80 % of them holdadvanced certifications such as WildernessEmergency Medical Training, Wilderness FirstResponders and Wilderness Advanced FirstAid.RESPONSE TIMES: for Emergency ServicesAmbulance: 5-7 minutesMedivac Helicopter: availableLaw Enforcement: 5 minutes
  10. 10. Join us at...
  11. 11. MountCrossCamp
  12. 12. 20minutesnorth of SantaCruz onhighway 9.
  13. 13. Welcome !
  14. 14. The camp features challengecourses, playing fields, aswimming pool, modern well keptaccommodations, and wholesomemeals. A variety of programs canbe put together using theseelements. Students can do theropes course and climbing wall inaddition to outdoor andenvironmental education.
  15. 15. Located in the Coastal RedwoodForest of the Santa Cruz Mountains
  16. 16. Take a close up view of theSanta Cruz MountainsExperience, which can beprovided by Naturalists atLarge for you and yourstudents.
  17. 17. Mount Cross and the CoastalRedwood Forest are awonderful backdrop for thestudy of Redwood Ecology,Environmental Science andthe development of classunity through challengingactivity.
  18. 18. Dine beneath towering redwoods.
  19. 19. We will have plenty of foodwaiting for you.
  20. 20. Meals are wholesome affairs providing the nutritionThere’s a variety of menu needed for activeoptions from which to choose participants
  21. 21. 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.
  22. 22. There are some choices in lodging at Mount Cross. Madrone Cabins are a circle of seven, single-room, heated cabins. There is a men’s and women’s restroom/shower building located in the center. Each cabin has five bunk beds to accommodate up to ten people.
  23. 23. The lodge has semi-private rooms varying in size accommodating 1-4 persons, shared restrooms and showers, a central meeting area for 20 -25 people, and a kitchenette.The dorm has twofaculty rooms on eachside, as well asrestroom and showerfacilities in the middleof the dorm. Each roomhas either six or sevenbunk beds.
  24. 24. You will walk, play andlearn among…majestic redwoods andrefreshing streams.
  25. 25. Small Groups of 10-14students and 2 adults
  26. 26. Group Challenges
  27. 27. The low elementsof the courseinclude the WildWoosey, SpidersWeb, The Wall,Islands, a TrustFall, and NitroCrossing. Initiatives and…
  28. 28. ProblemSolving
  29. 29. The Naturalists at Largeropes program is designedto introduce all studentsto this exciting activity.Students learn to worktogether and cooperatetowards a common goal.Ropes instruction iscomplemented bychallenge and initiativegames that will fostergreater group interaction.
  30. 30. The high-ropes course at Mt. Cross consists ofa Burma Bridge, a Catwalk, a Multi-VineTraverse, a Trapeze Leap, a Giants Ladder,Islands in the Sky, and a Tube Net.
  31. 31. Lessons learned includetrust in fellow students,increased ability tofocus, and developmentof self-esteem. The fewclimbing skills acquiredby the students focuson a safe and successfulexperience. Theorganization of groundschool preparation andropes sites are designedwith this philosophy inmind.
  32. 32. The new climbing wall is fun and challenging
  33. 33. Natural History HikesStudy of human impact on old-growth and second-growth redwoodsIntroduction to environmentalscience conceptsCoastal range natural history andecology
  34. 34. Students will discover theunique natural and human historyof the area, develop groupcooperation through sharedexperiences, enhance leadershipabilities, and learn basic outdoorskills. Naturalists at Largeprograms are designed to givethe students a "sense of place". 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.
  35. 35. Journaling Plant Identification
  36. 36. WildlifeObservation
  37. 37. Stream Study
  38. 38. The Mount Cross Camp is a fully selfcontained site with a variety of hiking trails,a year round stream and all camp facilitiesnestled within it’s own private land.
  39. 39. SeasonalSwimming Pool
  40. 40. RecreationAreas
  41. 41. Students are constantlyencouraged to solve problemsposed by the Naturalists atLarge instructors, comprisedof both intellectual problemsand well thought-out and wellexecuted physical problems(i.e. initiative activities). Eachtrail group is with a Naturalistsat Large naturalist-instructor,and a faculty or parentchaperon each day for theentire program.
  42. 42. And a few other optional activities… Animal Tracking Map & Compass Orienteering Journal & Reflective Activity
  43. 43. Creativity Relaxation & StretchingFun Games
  44. 44. And after the sunset,there’s still things to do…
  45. 45. Campfire
  46. 46. Night Walk
  47. 47. Star studies andthe night sky
  48. 48. Mount Cross Camp puts you in close proximity to great destinations for optional off-site activities.MontereyAquarium Elkhorn Slough Kayak
  49. 49. Point Lobos Punta de Ano NuevoNatural Bridges
  50. 50. The following is a sample three-day schedule that has been usedby several schools. Four-day andfive-day trips often add off-siteoptions and allow for a more in-depth experience of the region.All Naturalists at Large trips aretailored to meet each school’soutdoor education goals.
  51. 51. (Day one)11:00 Arrive at Mount CrossCamp Bus greeters. Orientation tosite, Staff and Faculty meetingBreak into trail groups / smallgroup orientation andintroductions.12:00 Lunch1:00 Move in to lodging2:00 Begin Initiatives & Challenges6:30 Dinner7:30 Evening Program: Nightawareness and trust activities9:00 Students released to faculty
  52. 52. (Day two)7:30 Breakfast9:00 Groups A & B do redwoodecology hike, group initiatives.Groups C & D do low ropes12:00 Lunch by groups1:00 Groups C & D do redwoodecology hike, group initiatives.Groups A & B do low ropes4:30 Return to camp6:00 Dinner7:30 Evening Program: Starstudy / Campfire9:00 Students releasedto faculty
  53. 53. (Day three)7:30 Breakfast8:15 Pack8:45 All gear staged andready to load on bus9:00 Groups C & D do streamstudy and games. Groups A &B do high ropes11:30 Lunch by trail groups12:00 Groups A, B do streamstudy and games. Groups C & Ddo high ropes2:30 Return to camp for debrief3:00 Load gear on bus3:30 School departs
  54. 54. DISCOVER IT !
  55. 55. Ask about… Allergies, Medications, and Special Dietary Needs
  56. 56. Equipment RemindersFollow your equipment list.Pack together. Adult and student can doublecheck the contents of the gear bag.All clothing should fit in a medium size duffle.A day pack is essential to move about the programwith water, some food, extra layers of clothing,and personal incidentals.
  57. 57. Rain gear is a must. (water-proof shell) RainPonchos are fine.Comfortable closed toed shoes are required.Light weight hikers or tennis shoes with a fewpairs of good outdoor socks (non-cotton).A good water bottle (quart or liter).The proper sleeping bag (check your equipmentlist for specifics).
  58. 58. Plastic bag protection. A half dozen, 1 or 2gallon storage ziplocks are good for protectingclothing in a gear bag from moisture. Along witha couple hefty 15 to 30 gallon bags to line yourgear bag and sleeping bag (& daypack).Don’t send gear that you could not afford lostor broken (expensive cameras, cell phones, andother electronics). A handy disposable camerawould be just fine.Follow your equipment list, ask questions,borrow from friends.
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