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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 minute response in the valley Medivac helicopter: 30-40 minutes. Law Enforcement: 5 minutes in the valley
The commissary crew provides plenty of good food and snacks to meet the demands of our paddlers
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.
Paddlers on the upper river find spectacular scenic vistas. Striking backdrops include deep canyons, dry washes, sheer cliffs, distant mountain ranges, the lakes, colorful soils and rock formations and mosaics of different vegetation.
Three of America's four desert ecosystems--the Mojave, the Great Basin and the Sonoran Deserts--meet in Lake Mead NRA
Lake Mohave is a 67-mile stretch of the Colorado River. The lake is comparatively narrow, not more than 4 miles across at its widest point. It is confined for most of its length between the steep walls of Pyramid, Painted, Eldorado and Black canyons.
Each trip is supported by a pontoon boat carrying kitchen gear, which also doubles as an emergency evacuation boat.
Each sunrise brings with it the possibility for new adventures
Around each bend in the river waits something new or interesting
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). Water Shoes , either outdoor sandals with heal strap or aqua socks.
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, 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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