In this hiking based program, students will expect to be on the trail exploring different terrains most of the time. Students will be learning about a variety of subject areas throughout the hike. Depending on the age of the students and desired learning outcomes, content will vary and multiple trips may be required to cover all topics.
The hiking program could include:
Through this science-based hiking activity, students will learn about safety and survival in the outdoors. They will also learn about topics such as geology, physics, chemistry, ecosystems, geography and biology.
Through this math-based hiking activity, students will learn about geometry and measurements, including but not limited to surface area and volume. They will also learn about algebraic concepts such as creating equations to solve real-world problems or the slope of a mountain. In addition, basic skills such as adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing will also be incorporated based on students' individual skills and needs.
Through this social studies based hiking activity, students will learn about topography, including but not limited to reading and creating maps. They will also learn about Colorado history and the use of natural resources historically. Other topics that may be discussed include outdoor advocacy, diversity in the outdoors, and climate change.
Through this English based hiking activity, students will learn about writing in all forms, including but not limited to creative writing, academic writing, and journaling. Students will also read and analyze literature based on the outdoors. In addition, students will learn skills such as annotating, basic phonics, and basic writing skills.
Through this art based hiking activity, students will learn about a variety of different forms of visual arts including, but not limited to painting, drawing, collaging, and wood work. They will also look at how the outdoors has influenced artists throughout time.