Building the Village
Building the Village is Back to Earth’s custom outdoor education program for schools, communities and youth organizations. Whether it's camping at Point Reyes, building forts in the Mendocino Redwoods, or backpacking at the foot of Mount Shasta, we work with educators, organizers and administrators to develop programs that offer students opportunities for deep nature connection and outdoor skill building. Treating the school community as a village, Back to Earth instructors work with students to create the physical infrastructure and emotional container for adventurous learning. We believe in the benefits of safe risk-taking and in the multiplying effects of connecting students to their in-school STEM and humanities curriculum through hands on experience.
During Building the Village programs, we build habitable structures, craft from natural materials, engage in land restoration projects, and ceremonially mark milestones in students’ personal lives. We make fires, talk about dreams, and play epic games of capture the flag. We do talent shows and sharing circles, chi gong and self defense. We lose ourselves in the woods, and find ourselves using new navigation skills. Our ultimate goal is to connect students to a deeper sense of purpose and passion by inviting them into a learning environment that turns on a culture of thanksgiving, mutual aid, and beginner’s mind.
For more information or to begin planning a trip contact Eli and Jesse at firstname.lastname@example.org
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