As our summer sessions continue to fill up, the River Mountain team is now booking school and homeschool field trips for next fall. We have two groups already set to visit, and we hope to partner up with as many schools and homeschool groups as possible in the coming months.
Field Trip Programming
We've worked with Penn State and Dr. Pete Allison to create unique and innovative educational programs for young people. Our location's rich environmental and history educational opportunities are the ideal backdrop for our digital wellness programming. The differences between the technology that Native Americans used as they traveled along Warriors Path in 1650 is a lot different than the devices we use today! And orienteering our way down spring fed creeks, through natural wetlands, and into Sweet Root Creek is a great contrast to our daily GPS-driven interactions!
Our goal is for every child to have a better understanding of technology and greater appreciation for the outdoors when they leave River Mountain. Below are some of the outcomes we strive for, for all students, during and after their visit:
1. Express their experiences with exercise and outdoor adventure and contrast it with apps and video games.
2. Express their experiences of ‘in person’ human interaction and contrast it with their social media apps and multi-person, live games.
3. Reflect on their current digital life and identify daily habit goals that will create more tech-life balance. A great example of this is committing to not sleeping with their devices at night.
4. Articulate clear goals and aspirations for their relationship with technology for the future – short term and long term.
The River Mountain team believes digital wellness is crucially important for young people to begin thinking about at a young age. The average young person now receives their first cell phone at approximately 10 years old; and kids now spend over 6 hours a day on screens and various forms of media and less than 13 minutes a day outside.
To think deeply about tech's impact on their lives, young people need to be separated from it for a short period of time. This is the key difference between River Mountain and many of the in-school speakers and programming that's popping up more and more. Kids can listen to in-school speakers until they're blue in the face, but until they separate from tech for a period of time and think deeply about it's impact on their lives, it's very hard to change habits. And that is our ultimate goal at River Mountain - to provide young people with the experiences, knowledge, and self determination to create more balance in their lives.
To enroll your school in one of River Mountain’s programs, or to learn more, contact Ryan Tyrrell. I'm happy to work with you on all pricing, programming, or special food requests. We look forward to you visiting beautiful Black Valley!
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