Research shows the health and academic benefits of being outdoors are immense! This includes a decrease in stress and anxiety and an increase in regulated sleep and emotion, memory, pro-social behaviors, and even an ability to fight off infection.
Spending time outdoors also results in improved concentration, test scores, brain and physiological functioning, attendance, and student achievement.
Also, the outdoors provides an undeniably fertile ground for learning and practicing countless key skills for success in the classroom: adaptability, problem-solving, empathy, courage, resourcefulness, resilience, creative thinking, optimism, self-confidence, self-discipline, initiative, and collaboration.
This is why AGO is approved to provide extra support for Utah private school students under the COVID-19 Stimulus Package!
What’s the plan?
Students will be introduced to a variety of outdoor activities, while engaging in ethical formation (aka how to treat yourself and your neighbor). Depending on the school, this could look like weekly after school programming, periodic after-school programming, or camps/trips during school breaks.
How does it work?
Students ages 8-18 at participating Utah private schools are eligible to participate
Dates will be determined by the number and age of students who sign up
Email email@example.com if you want to learn more about getting your school involved!
Upcoming Schedule: 5th grade + students Tuesdays / 2nd-4th grade students Thursdays; pickup each day at WCS
9/7 all students: Introduction - Park by WCS (5pm pickup)
Week 2 - Leave No Trace Principle #1
9/14, older students - Indian Trail (5:45pm pickup)
9/15, younger students - 27th Street (5:15pm pickup)
9/21 all students, Art at Monroe Park (5pm pickup)
Week 4 - Leave No Trace Principle #2
9/28, older students - Indian Trail (5:45pm pickup)
9/30 younger students- Beus Pond (5:45pm pickup)
Week 5 - Leave No Trace Principle #3
10/5, older students - Mural Walk and Trash Clean-up (5pm pickup
10/7, younger students - Mural Walk & Trash Clean-up (5pm pickup)
Week 6 - Leave No Trace Principle #4
10/13, older students - Games at school (5pm pickup)
10/15, younger students - Games at WCS in field (5pm pickup)
Week 7 - Leave No Trace Principle #5
10/26 all students - Indian Trail (6:00pm pickup)
Week 8 - Leave No Trace Principle #6
11/2, older students - Art Nord Trail (6:00pm pickup)
11/4, younger students - Art Nord Trail (6:00pm pickup)
Week 9 - Leave No Principle #7
11/9, older students - Weber State Disc Golf Course (5:30pm pickup)
11/11, younger students - WCS field games (5:30pm pickup)
Week 10 - End of fall crag celebration!
11/16, older students - 9th Street Climbing Area (6pm pickup)
111/18, younger students - 9th Street Climbing Area (6pm pickup)