Field Groups are an important part of
every program and are a participant's core small group during their time
at Nature's Classroom. Field Groups consist of up to 16 students, an adult
chaperone, and a Nature's Classroom teacher. Field Groups hike together,
dine together, participate in team-building activities together, and
some evening/large group activities also take place in Field Groups.
While on hikes, participants learn about the various things they encounter
on the trails. Hikes also often include challenge activities and educational
games along the way.
Plant and Tree Identification
The hiking trails at Nature's Classroom wind through a diverse ecosystem
providing many varieties of plants and trees for participants to learn to
Rock Identification and Geology
Encountering large rock formations along the trails is a great opportunity to
discuss rock types, the rock cycle, and to identify examples of sandstone and
Leave No Trace
Participants learn and practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace as they
travel the Nature's Classroom trails together.
Games and initiatives present students with challenges that require communication
and working together towards common goals.
Low Challenge Course
High-functioning Field Groups who have completed a sequence of initiative
challenges may have the opportunity to take their team building to the next
level by moving on to the more advanced fixed elements of the Low Challenge
Group discussions following activities allow participants to process their
experiences, completing the experiential education cycle and maximizing the
potential for learning.