SOU Youth Programs Summer Better Than Others has great outdoor adventure and environmental education camps that John Muir Students could attend this Summer! Some tuition assistance may be available. Please visit inside.sou.edu/youth for details and registration.
Outdoor Skills: Off the Beaten Path
Sharpen your outdoor skills in the pursuit of adventure! Practice pitching tents, make your own high-energy trail mixes, get an overview of outdoor gear and backpacking, learn basic wilderness first aid, and spend a few afternoons on a rock-climbing wall! Build your nature-awareness with some short outings close to campus, and get savvy about natural surroundings through observation and activities.
Ages: 9-11 July 9-13 11am to 3pm OR July 16-20 11am to 3pm
Take Flight! All About Birds
Enjoy a fascinating encounter with our winged friends! Join other young birders to venture outside and hone your observation skills. Learn to identify birds in their natural habitats, how to tell different birds apart, and what makes each species unique. You’ll use technology like E-Bird and iNaturalist to track your bird knowledge, and examine birds up close with specimens and lab activities. On the last day, put all that knowledge to the test as you compete in the “Bird Bonanza Olympics.” Please note: Participants in this class will be hiking short distances Instructor: Katie Boehnlein Ages: 9-11 July 9-13 11am to 2pm OR August 13-17 9am to Noon Nature Detectives
Nature lovers, put your detective hats on and get ready to investigate the great outdoors! Unravel the mysteries of plant and animal habitats through scavenger hunts. Collect clues and examine the evidence. Engage with your fellow detectives in games and activities that help you practice your new skills. You’ll learn how to read a map and be your own navigate through outdoor excursions that will inspire you to explore and connect with the world around us. Please note: Participants in this class will be hiking short distances. Instructor: Katie Boehnlein Ages: 9-11 July 23-27 9am to 3 pm It's a Big World! Adventure Writing
Turn your outdoor adventures into a book no one will be able to put down. Learn basic book-making techniques, and then fill your new travel journal with your own observations and experiences in nature. Real-life travel adventure stories are born from face-to-face encounters with the awesome world around us. With an environmental expert as your guide, you’ll delve into encounters with the natural world, and find your own incredible story. Please note: Participants in this class will be hiking short distances Ages: 9-11 July 30- August 3 11am to 2pm Take Aim for Archery! and Rock the Wall! Using youth-sized long bows and foam-tipped arrows (designed for maximum safety), you’ll practice archery basics. Then, climb to new heights on the rock wall in the new SOU Recreation Center! Beginners will learn all the tricks of experienced climbers –knot-tying basics, gear use, movement skills, and of course, climbing techniques. Our knowledgeable instructors will help you scramble your way to the top in this exhilarating outdoor sport. Ages 9-11 July 9-13 9am to Noon Rock the Wall!
Climb to new heights on the rock wall in the new SOU Recreation Center! Beginners will learn all the tricks of experienced climbers – knot-tying basics, gear use, movement skills, and of course, climbing techniques. Our knowledgeable instructors will help you scramble your way to the top in this exhilarating outdoor sport. Ages: 10-13 July 16-20 9am to 11am
Ready All, Row!
Feel the joy of gliding across the open water at Emigrant Lake when you join this rowing team. First, you’ll learn the basics on indoor rowing machines at the Ashland Rowing Club’s Boathouse, including terms, water and boat safety, and proper equipment handling. Then put your new skills to use on the water, as you and your team form a unit to swiftly move across the lake. Note: Campers are required to pass a swim/float test prior to joining the class. Life jackets will be provided for each student. Instructors: Ashland Rowing Club Staff Ages: 10-13 July 16-20 9:30 am to Noon OR July 30 – Aug 3 9:30 am to Noon Adventure Journal: Capturing Your Experience
Learn how to record the sights and sensations of your adventures in a truly compelling way. You’ll hone your five senses with a “tactile adventure day”—a blind-folded exploration of the natural world— and by creating a personal map to record what you see, smell, hear, and feel along the way. Begin a creative visual journal that you can use to capture your outdoor explorations well beyond this class. Please note: Participants in this class will be hiking short distances. Ages: 12- 14 July 16-20 11am to 2pm
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