Fieldwork Experiences

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Transform your educational experience into an innovative outdoor setting! During SOLE Fieldwork Experience SM educators and participants alike are able to travel in the footsteps of famous explorers and get down and dirty to learn academic content outdoors!  As SOLE’s experiential place-based education and interdisciplinary education program for youth and young adults 4 – 25 years old, participants are able to experience day-based and multi-day experiential education learning expeditions which take place in urban and backcountry outdoor classroom settings. These SOLE Experiences SM provide the perfect opportunity for parents and educators to blend and extend learning during the academic school year, well into the summer, or during “gap” periods preparing individuals for the 21st century.  Whatever the interest and need, these SOLE Experiences SM provide ample opportunity for individuals and groups to truly explore > achieve > lead! 

With an intentional design and purposeful execution participants and educators alike are able to take full advantage of the novel educational opportunities that exist beyond classroom walls in wild and urban landscapes, to earn actual credit!

Overview:

SOLE Fieldwork Experiences SM are intentionally designed and facilitated for individuals, educators, traditional schools, and homeschool groups during the winter, spring, summer, and fall.  Each program offering is engaging, rigorous, vigorous and custom-tailored and addresses the following:

  • Specific individualized and group educational needs
  • Place-based academic student objectives and learning targets
  • Common Core, State, and Next Generation Science Standards
  • Non-traditional goals and objectives (i.e., character and leadership development)
  • Establishing a sense of belonging and relevance for our communities and their environments
  • Establishing a sense of community and environmental stewardship

Because we want to ensure a sustainable and deeply-rooted sense of place, SOLE Fieldwork Experiences SM immerse individuals in relevant experiential learning opportunities which are underpinned by our partners, including but not limited to:

  • Kootenai Environmental Alliance
  • IdahH2O
  • Idaho Fish & Game
  • Lake Pend Oreille School District
  • Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
  • Lookout Pass
  • The Confluence Project
  • The University of Idaho
  • United States Forest Service
  • Schweitzer Mountain Resort
  • Winter Wildlands Alliance

Through these partnerships participants are able to learn about the natural systems in a pertinent and meaningful manner. Additionally, as a member of a learning expedition there are additional opportunities to learn related to personal and group development, leadership development, and outdoor living and travel skills.

Fieldwork Experience SM Learning Targets:

Typical learning targets on these SOLE Experiences SM relate to:

  • Experiential education
  • Outdoor education
  • Outdoor leadership
  • Place-based education through exploring human and natural history
  • Place-based outdoor science
  • Environmental education and studies
  • Service-learning
  • Project-based learning
  • Developing a sense of belonging
  • Environmental awareness & stewardship
  • Conservation & wildland management issues
  • Personal and social development
  • Executive functioning development
  • Critical-thinking & problem-solving
  • Communication & conflict resolution
  • Setting & accomplishing goals
  • Awareness & ownership
  • Responsibility & accountability

Fieldwork Experience SM Participant Profile:

Typical profile participants include individuals, homeschool groups, public, or private schools that:

  • Exhibit interest in experiential or outdoor education
  • Exhibit interest in learning about outdoor living and travel skills
  • Exhibit interest in learning more about our natural world
  • Exhibit interest in making a difference for their community
  • Exhibit interest in learning about systems which exist in the natural world
  • Exhibit interest in learning about inhabitants and cultures of our area
  • Exhibit interest in learning about local conservation issues
  • Exhibit interest in supporting our local conservation needs

Our typical profile students also generally have the ability and desire to process and connect through an experiential learning framework, exhibit individual creativity and intellect, explore their role and responsibilities as an individual and as a member of a community and its environment while exploring concepts and skills related to leadership.

Click on the tabs below for more info on our Fieldwork Experience SM program! 

IMG_0674During these winter place-based experiential education outings participants explore our winter landscape on snowshoes to make sound academic connections related to snow-science and winter ecology!

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2012-01-29_13-19-38_24During these spring and fall place-based experiential education outings participants collaborate with local conservation organizations and agencies while experientially learning and applying academic content!

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IMG_1495During these summer 3 to 5 day outdoor science camps youth explore and learn about our natural world in a fun and engaging manner!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADuring these interdisciplinary expeditions participants travel and learn as a member of an actual backcountry expedition!

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Check out all of our upcoming course offerings here or contact us to design your own!