Empower young people to create a more healthy relationship with technology.
Why We Exist
We believe in the benefits of authentic, human experiences: Talking around a campfire, interacting with others in the physical world, adventuring outside, enjoying a peaceful sunset. Moments like these shape our perspective forever.
Tech’s persuasive design has had a dramatic impact on the way young people spend their time and the 'real-life' skills they develop. Technology has changed the relationship of young people to one another and to the natural world.
Communication + Relatedness
Wellness + Health
Focus + Mindfulness
Dr. Pete Allison
Associate Professor, Penn State University
River Mountain’s curriculum and program journey have been developed in partnership with Penn State University, under the guidance of Dr. Pete Allison. Dr. Allison is an associate Professor at Penn State University, Director of the Kurt Hahn Consortium for Values and Experiential Learning, and a respected authority on the study of values, youth development, and experiential learning. Throughout his career, Dr. Allison has worked with internationally recognized outdoor adventure and experiential learning providers to develop programs that have a life long impact on individuals.
Dr. Michael Rich
The Mediatrician, Center for Media and Child Health
Curriculum is supported by the research and recommendations of Dr. Michael Rich and Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Adventure and outdoor experiences push guests out of their comfort zone and increase their willingness to learn.
7:30AM Rise & Shine
Wake up as the sun visits east-facing, panoramic windows of your cabin -- surrounded by new friends and your guide.
Start the day with a hearty breakfast, friends, and learning more about your next adventure.
9AM Stretch & Yoga
We’re headed out for fun -- grab your backpack, we’re headed up Warrior Ridge!
9:15AM Warrior Ridge Summit
Pack your backpack, grab your map, and don’t forget the compass. The hike to Summit Warrior Ridge is a right of passage at River Mountain.
11:30AM Free Choice Chill
Listen to music, relax at the creek, add to your adventure story, hang out with friends… It’s your call.
Lunch is prepared fresh, locally-sourced, and it tastes great. We promise.
1PM Free Choice Adventure
Choose from a number of fun-packed, guided adventures -- creek snorkeling, rock climbing, hiking, caving, canoeing. It’s up to you!
4PM Forest Bathing
What? Yes, forest bathing. There’s a secret forest out there, somewhere. Find it with your small group, take in the vibe of your surroundings, and create your own story.
Let’s share! Stories from the day, over a family style dinner.
7PM Adventure Awards
River Mountain staff and guests take time to recognize group and individual accomplishments of the day.
8PM Night Wander & Bonfire Gathering
Grab your flashlights, we’re taking the long way around to the bonfire.
8:30PM Bonfire & Storytelling
Gourmet s’mores, music, and tales from this Valley.
10PM Journal Session & Lights Out
What a day! See you in the morning!
Self-determined goals from the retreat are supported at home through River Mountain’s 21-Day Guide Book. Guests begin using their Guide Books on site to make the transition to home use seamless. The journal-style books are designed to help young people maintain the positive habits that will contribute to improved focus, attention, communication, relatedness, health, and well-being
Back at Home
River Mountain programs are designed to give our guests healthy tech goals for daily life at home, school, and play. Goals from River Mountain continue to take shape as daily habits form, leading to a more balanced relationship with technology and the natural world.
Screen Time Resources
It is our mission to empower young people to create a more healthy relationship with technology. We aim to help communities and those who serve young people through education, advocacy, and deployment of resources to help create a more informed dialogue.
For Parents & Families
Screen time has become one of the most important discussion topics for families. We hope you download and share our Digital Landscape Facts with your partner, or with other parents and caregivers in your community.
The Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital has created downloadable tip sheets to help parents better understand the impact media can have on children.
What happens on screens at home has an impact at school. Our nation's great teachers and school staff are dealing with screen issues daily. To help support schools and open the dialogue with parents, we've put together some top-level screen time facts for teachers to pass along to parents.
River Mountain programs are supported by the research and data from the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital. For additional resources, research and screen time data, please visit their website.