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Outdoor Education

Outdoor Skills

2 Class Sessions, 3 Hours

Mixing nature’s beauty with outdoor survival, students learn the 10 Essentials for any outdoor trip. While in the forest, they band together as a team to build emergency shelters, build fires, and cook food in an outdoor setting.

What’s Covered

This course provides students with the essential skills needed to be successful for an outdoor excursion in the wilderness—from planning and preparing for a trip, packing a backpack and practicing Leave No Trace to building fires & shelters and campsite cooking.

Lessons & Activities

Leave No Trace

Students learn the (7) principles of Leave No Trace (LNT) as they pertain to outdoor recreation and actively practice them throughout the Outdoor Skills class.

The 10 Essentials

Students create their own list of what they believe the (10) essentials for hiking & backpacking might be before comparing it to the list curated by wilderness experts.

Fire Building

Students gain a comprehensive understanding of the elements needed to create a fire and gain hands-on experience gathering tinder, kindling and fuel to build their own fires. Students learn how to build (3) basic fire structures—teepee, log cabin and lean-to—and in what scenario each structure might be most useful. As part of abiding by U.S. Forest Service regulations, students will not ignite their fires but will apply the structure-building skills gained to the next phase of the class: shelter building.

Shelter Building

Using the skills gained during fire-building, students will break into teams and build survival shelters out of natural materials under a time constraint. They must select an optimal site and as part of Leave No Trace, only use materials that are already dead or “down,” such as fallen branches, needles, leaves and rocks.

Outdoor Cooking

Students learn the basics of campsite cooking using a gas stove. They are rewarded for hard work and efforts building fires and shelters with some cheesy quesadillas and/or citrusy white fir needle tea.

Educational Standards

During this class, students will learn:

  • Team work
  • Fire Safety
  • Problem solving
  • Confidence

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Accelerate your students’ learning with our exciting curriculum. Learn more about this hands-on, experiential education activity today.

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What People Are Saying

I loved my experience at Pali. In my time as an instructor, I was able to develop many skills in the classroom as a teacher and as a leader. I would highly recommend this position for anyone who would like to start a career in the Outdoor Education Industry.

Alicia G., Instructor

Thank you so much for an incredible week. The kids are jazzed; parents are more jazzed. Your team is incredible, and the planning and execution for a top notch science/outdoor education/leadership camp is celebrated. We are so glad we found you.

Danielle V., Teacher

Impressive! This is our first time to Pali. I have taken students to four other SoCal science camps and I would highly recommend Pali and plan to return next year.

Janice K., Educator

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