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Introduce your child to the great outdoors

Are you looking for a great program for your child this summer?

Immerse your child in the great outdoors. The Wild Pagosa Summer Wilderness Institute kicks off in less than two weeks and there are still a few spots available. The Wild Pagosa Outdoor Education Program is designed to use sensory exploration, hands-on experiences, daily hikes, nature journals and a variety of projects, crafts and activities to help synthesize learning. The program offers a small student/teacher ratio and a curriculum that combines leadership, team building and wilderness education to foster a deep appreciation for nature, community and self. Each session is limited to 20 participants.

Wild Pagosa, an outdoor summer institute for kids, piloted a very successful program in June 2008. The enthusiasm of the participants and their parents convinced Wild Pagosa’s founders of the need for an ongoing program for the youth of Pagosa Springs. The program was a success in the summer of 2009, involving approximately 60 children. This summer, Wild Pagosa will host two sessions for different age groups.

“Backyard Habitats,” for 7-, 8- and 9-year-olds, will run from June 21-23. This session will involve experiential learning about native plants, animals and insects, as well as wilderness safety.

“Wilderness Quest,” for 9-, 10- and 11-year-olds, will run from June 24-26. This session will offer place-based instruction and activities that focus on local riparian habitats, geology and wetland ecology. Both sessions will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. In addition, all Wild Pagosa enrollees will become familiar with the Leave No Trace principals and participate in team-building activities.

If this is an adventure that your child would enjoy and benefit from, please contact us at 946-8612 to enroll, or visit our website at www.wildpagosa.homestead.com for more information. Thanks to the generosity and support of GECKO (Getting Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors), Wild Pagosa also has a limited amount of need-based scholarship money available.

“If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it.” — David Sobel.