This wild hiking club is for kids age 8-14 who like to be outside and be active and learn. We will practice skills of wilderness survival and growing resilience to weather and emotions and just enjoy being in our beautiful place on earth. Parents are welcome to join for a donation. Make it a family connection adventure! We will coordinate carpooling options.
Sep 18 Whitewater road. Drive 20 minutes from Nelson
Experience the lower alpine ecosystems around the ski hill. We will do the beginning of this trail.
Basic bush skills: bear safety, choice of shoes, ten essentials, sensory awareness, bird alarm
Navigation: cardinal directions, land marks, aidless navigation, compass and maps
Law of the Land: Sinixt protocols, giving thanks to nature
Sep 25 Smallwood lookout, Beasley. Drive 20 minutes
Priorities in survival – shelter and warmth: ways to start a fire and find a shelter, set up a tarp.
Ten essentials for outdoor safety
History of white settlers taking the land
Oct 2 Bear’s Den trail, Give out Creek. Drive 30 minutes
Know your oldest neighbours – the old growth cedars and other trees.
Edible plants and poisonous ones. Clean water.
How do relate to fear of the wild, feeling cold, tired, hungry.
Most kids today do not get enough time outside and not enough free playtime. Yet research keeps telling us how beneficial it is for physical, mental and social wellbeing. Forest school aims to help build resilient kids, at a time when we really need the next generation to be healthy and capable.
We do our core routines of grateful greetings, expanding sensory awareness, wandering, befriending local plants and animals, mindful sit spot, making music and storytelling. Start and end circle are times for bonding, sharing and setting the tone of kindness, curiosity and joy.
We recognize the benefits of adventurous play yet take many measurements to ensure safety. We co-assess and co-manage risk with the children so that they learn to acknowledge, manage and overcome risks, in order to be exposed to the benefits of risk, rather than the hazards.
The program is based on Nature Awareness Mentoring (also called Coyote Mentoring or the 8 Shields model) that is used in many outdoor schools. More than education and recreation, it is a way to foster nature connection and community connection.