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Posts by Ryan

Field Trips at River Mountain

Boys Screen Time Solution

River Mountain’s school programs teach screen time management and digital citizenship to help students flourish in school and at home.

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The Benefits of Camp

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There’s a lot of great research about the benefits of camp experiences for young people. Over the past 12 months, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting several of those researchers, including our own team member Pete Allison from Penn State, and I’m grateful for their work establishing a greater understanding of camps’ impacts on child development.

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The Benefits (and Accessibility) of Nature

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A lot has been written in recent years about the “benefits of nature” — fantastic books like Florence Williams’ The Nature Fix and ground breaking research like the work being done by Utah professor David Strayer.

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A Bathtub of Stars

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Our first trip to the River Mountain site was in late January 2019. It was the perfect winter day in the mountains — beautiful blue skies and fresh snow on the ground. I don’t remember our group’s exact, initial reaction as we drove down the gravel driveway, but I do remember…

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Who We Are

Who We Are - River Mountain Digital Wellness Retreat

River Mountain’s Monday morning meetings are the best part of my week. Coffee in hand, Meg, Glenn, Brandon, and I catch up on our weekends, discuss projects from the week before, and plan the week ahead. The ‘catching up’ part this week took the most time — football games, a cross country meet, choir performances, soccer matches, the end of one fall break, and the start of another. Then it was on to discussion of our upcoming blog schedule…

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