Summer JOY

DON’T POSTPONE SUMMER JOY!

Journeys Out Yonder provides place-based adventure programs for young children. We utilize the vast outdoor landscapes to feed children’s curiosity, advance childhood play, develop self efficacy and social connections, while building strong, capable bodies. Children who learn to love where they live learn to care for it. Our purpose is to support families who want their children to learn about nature, in nature and with nature.” 

Our summer outdoor adventure program offers children young children outdoor  adventures into the woods, along rivers and streams, to bike and skate parks, swimming spots, and more.

Our small group, 100% outdoor program, and mask-wearing policies accommodate our and family’s desires to limit exposure to the COVID-19 virus. 

Summer 2020 JOY: $200/week 

Monday, Wednesday, Friday,  9am – 4pm

Register for as many sessions as you need:  

Orientation: May 29th, 12-2pm

Full  Session I: June 1 – 26, 2020

 Full  Session II: July 6 – 31, 2020

       Full  Session III: August 3 – 28, 2020

REGISTRATION

  • A maximum of 6 children will be enrolled. 
  • The same children must participate each day, in each session, due to new early childhood Covid-19 grouping regulations.
  • Cost: $200/week per child. Family discount $180/week per child

LOGISTICS

  • Parent/guardian drops child(ren) off and picks child up at designated locations on each session’s schedule. 
  • Parents/Guardians must sign their child in and out with Mary.
  • Children must be sunscreened when dropped off.
  • Children and Mary must have a face mask.
  • Mary will send an email on Sunday, confirming weekly locations and necessary gear (bikes, etc.)
  • A hand washing and toilet station will be provided at each location. 
  • Mary will provide morning and afternoon snacks, and extra water. 
    • Dirty water and paper towels will be collected in a separate container, and disposed of by Mary at the end of the day.  
  • Children will come with their own backpack with all of the following:
    • Lunch
    • Drinking water in a water bottle
    • Sun hat
    • Extra clothes (shirt, pants, socks)
    • Rain coat
    • Closed-toes shoes – please, no flip flops or dress shoes
    • Hammock and hanging straps
  • Optional items in child’s backpack:
    • Umbrella
    • Books, Colored pencils, pad of paper
    • Magnifying glass 
    • Binoculars
    • Rope/twine, etc.
    • Frisbee, ball, etc.
    • Other

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”
– Rachel Carson

 CURRICULUM: Outdoor Adventure Through Play

David Sobel’s Childhood and Nature Principles

  1. Make forts and special places;
  2. Play hunting and gathering games;
  3. Shape small worlds;
  4. Develop friendships with animals;
  5. Construct adventures;
  6. Descend into fantasies;
  7. Follow paths and figure out shortcuts;

Leave No Trace 

What we bring out in our backpacks, pockets, etc. will return home with us. Of course, using trash receptacles we find in the community is completely appropriate. Wild animals do not need our help with food, and we discourage feeding them. Packing lunch and snacks in reusable containers creates less waste.

Using our Observation Skills

In order to maneuver the world, children must learn to use all of their senses – seeing, hearing, speaking, smelling, touching, intuition, feelings, etc. As children grow and mature, adults can support their need for independence by respecting their own, unique gifts of observation. 

Creature Care

While outdoors, we will encounter wildlife. We will instill a sense of respect and compassion for all living creatures, by modeling a sense of wonder and amazement at all bugs, animals, spiders, and reptiles we encounter, and teach the children to become allies with them, not adversaries. All creatures will be left in their natural habitat, where we found them. 

Managing Risks and Avoiding Hazards

It is imperative that children learn to manage risks, and identify and avoid hazards; 

  1. Manage risks – something within their control (using their critical thinking, problem solving, physical, emotional, and social skills to learn new skills, meet new people, etc), and,
  2. Avoid hazards – something they cannot control  (being hit by a car in the street or a falling tree toppled by the wind, or being struck by lighting. 

With this in mind, teachers will ensure children understand and practice managing both risk and hazards in outdoor play. They love a challenge, and we will support their desires to climb up and down dry ditches, trees and rocks, to wade in streams, play with sticks, throw rocks, and build forts. 

                        To discuss my program please call Mary at  970-618-1450                               

Or, email Mary at journeysoutyonder@gmail.com

                               Print and complete the registration form provided                          under the REGISTRATION tab.

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Dylan picks flowers for his mother

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The Lorax Trail has many surprises. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Francesca is gonna make a big splash!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Penny hot springs is the best!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ella runs down Fischer Cemetery Road 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We find worms everywhere!

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