3 Peaks Wilderness School focuses on the social, emotional and academic growth of its students. We believe that children are intrinsic, capable learners who with help can overcome difficult obstacles extending beyond their age range. Through this student driven program we facilitate our curriculum by providing them with the tools to make sense of the world around them and meet state learning standards* for school age students.
Being out in nature challenges us physically and mentally-aiding in our personal growth and connecting us to our spirituality. For many, this provides a unique and profound experience. Today, this aspect of connection between education and wilderness is missing in most childhood learning experiences.
Modern day education systems utilization of routine memorization of facts can be helpful at times, but beyond that we need to help educate children to be thinkers, ask questions, problem solve and embrace their creativity. They need to be confident in their abilities but also know their weaknesses. Children need to learn to identify their feelings and respond to themselves and others in a constructive way. They need to learn self-compassion, so they can forward that kindness onto others.
At 3 Peaks Wilderness School, we are not only following some traditional modern day practices of in class learning, but extending this educational experience into the outdoors and encouraging more than educational development, but also inward growth.
* We use the CCSS to facilitate a smooth transition into the traditional school system. While there is more time spent inside for some lessons for school age children, the majority is still outdoors!