SnowSchool Experiences

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Strap on a pair of snowshoes to transform your classroom into a novel educational opportunity!   SOLE has partnered with the Winter Wildlands Alliance to bring their SnowSchool program to North Idaho, Eastern Washington, and Western Montana! During this intentional place-based experiential education program allows 4th – 12th grade students to explore our winter landscape on snowshoes to make sound academic connections related to snow-science, winter ecology, outdoor living and travel skills, and avalanche awareness.

Overview:


The onset of winter each year brings a unique opportunity for youth to be immersed in a unique natural learning environment, through our SnowSchool Experience SM program.  SOLE administrators work with educators and youth leaders to address specific learning objectives to ensure that their program reaches beyond the norm.  Simply put, our SnowSchool Experience SM program is not your average, run-of-the-mill outdoor education program, it’s grounded on evidence-based methods and a rich place-based experiential education curriculum.  This foundation fosters an opportunity to create meaningful connections for learners resulting in a relevant educational experience for youth and educators alike.  In addition to our regionally known experiential place-based education program for elementary aged youth, SOLE has partnered with the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center, to extend our SnowSchool Experience SM program to include avalanche education for middle and high school aged youth.  See the video below for a snap shot of this unique learning opportunity for youth in the mountainous regions throughout the Inland Northwest at our key SnowSchool Experience SM site locations in Idaho, Washington, and Montana.

If you are a traditional school, home-school group, or after-school program that focuses on academics we strongly recommend that you also register for an on-campus “pre” and “post” classroom session facilitated by SOLE Field Instructors.  This will ensure that your students are prepared and equipped for their SnowSchool Experience SM and lesson objectives are fully met.   In addition, if you work with a younger population our SnowSchool Experience SM program can be custom-tailored for your campus or at one of our field campuses.  In short, educators and youth group leaders can rely on our stand-alone SnowSchool Experience SM curriculum or work with our team to align programming to target specific learning objectives, including alignment to Common Core, State, National, and Next Generation Science Standards.  This, in turn, ensures that our curriculum meets the rigors necessary for 21st Century learners – and does so in an exciting and purposeful manner!

Click on the videos below to see our SnowSchool Experience SM program in action! 

Elementary SnowSchool Experience SM in action!

Middle | High School SnowSchool Experience SM in action!

Click on the tabs below for more info on our SnowSchool Experience SM Program! 

Public School | Private School | Homeschool Programs:


Days: Monday – Friday (although can accommodate if needed)
Dates: December 15th – April 1st, 2018 (weather depending).  See the SOLE Calendar for currently booked dates.
Times: 9 AM – 1:30 PM (Fieldwork Experiences) | TBD (Pre & Post Lessons in the classroom)
Location(s): We facilitate our SnowSchool Experience SM programming for school and youth groups at your school and/or the following locations:

  • Schweitzer Mountain Resort | Sandpoint, Idaho
  • Lookout Pass  | Mullan, Idaho
  • Mt. Spokane | Mead, WA
  • Flatiron Mountain | Libby, MT

Grades: 2nd – 12th
Cost:  Below is a pricing list based on location and program type:

  • On-Campus Per 1/2 Day (up to 3 hours) – SOLE Member $7.00 | Non-Member $9.00. 8 participant minimum. Discounts given for groups larger than 20.
  • Off-Campus Per 1/2 Day (up to 3 hours) – SOLE Member $12.00 | Non-Member $15.00. 8 participant minimum. Discounts given for groups larger than 20.
  • Off-Campus Per Day (up to 6 hours) – SOLE Member $22.50 | Non-Member $26.50.  8 participant minimum.  Discounts given for groups larger than 20.

Please note:  Costs shown include teaching materials, access to SOLE gear, professional liability insurance, licensed and credential instructors, and logistical support. Schools and youth groups are responsible for providing transportation to and from site locations unless previous arrangements have been made.  Incidentals will be billed according SOLE’s Fee Schedule.

Partial and FULL scholarships also available! Based on eligibility and available grant funding.  Contact us for details!

Weekend Afterschool | Community Programs:


Sandpoint Winter Carnival | Schweitzer Mountain | Sandpoint, Idaho
Dates: TBA
Times: 9 AM – 12 PM PST
Location(s): Schweitzer Mountain | Sandpoint, Idaho
Grades:2nd – 12th
Cost: FREE ($10 donation encouraged but not required) | 4 participant minimum

Dates:TBA.  See the SOLE Calendar for currently booked dates.
Times:
10 AM – 2:30 PM PST 
Cost:  
$27.50 SOLE Member | $32.50 Non-Member | 6 participant minimum (price includes transportation to and from drop-off locations for Fieldwork Experiences SM and snowshoe rental)

Silver Mountain | Mullan, Idaho

Dates: TBA.  See the SOLE Calendar for currently booked dates.
Times: 10 AM – 2:30 PM PST
Cost:  $27.50 SOLE Member | $32.50 Non-Member | 6 participant minimum (price includes transportation to and from drop-off locations for Fieldwork Experiences SM and snowshoe rental)

Lookout Pass | Mullan, Idaho

Dates: TBA.  See the SOLE Calendar for currently booked dates.
Times: 10 AM – 2:30 PM PST
Cost:  $27.50 SOLE Member | $32.50 Non-Member | 6 participant minimum (price includes transportation to and from drop-off locations for Fieldwork Experiences SM and snowshoe rental)

Mt. Spokane | Spokane, Washington

Dates: TBA.  See the SOLE Calendar for currently booked dates.
Times: 10 AM – 2:30 PM PST
Cost:  $27.50 SOLE Member | $32.50 Non-Member | 6 participant minimum (price includes transportation to and from drop-off locations for Fieldwork Experiences SM and snowshoe rental)

Please note:  Costs shown include transportation and snowshoe rentals (for approved programs only), teaching materials, access to SOLE gear, professional liability insurance, licensed and credential instructors, and logistical support. Additional transportation to and from the field available for an additional fee (e.g., that which is not considered approved).  Incidentals will be billed according SOLE’s Fee Schedule.

Partial and FULL scholarships also available! Based on eligibility and available grant funding.  Contact us for details!

Examples of Themes | Lessons:


 

  • Snow Science
  • Winter Ecology
  • Mammal Tracking
  • Outdoor Living & Travel Skills
  • Avalanche Awareness
  • Outdoor Leadership

Overview:


Typically, most educators request a pre and post lesson from SOLE to cement lesson objectives and learning targets, including those concepts taught “in the field” .   By providing clients our individualized and novel approach to program design and facilitation, student outcomes include accelerated academic comprehension, as well as, learning opportunities / activities well beyond the norm.  That is what you can expect from a SOLE Experience SM. With supporting a positive learning expedition mindset participants work in concert to support over arching goals and learning objectives, grounded on the SOLE 4 Care Philosophy SM.  This allows our days to be filled with fun and adventure!

Sample Daily Schedule For “In the Field”:


8:45 AM – Check-In with SOLE faculty upon arrival
9:00 AM – Orientation
9:15 AM – Warm-up game
9:45 AM – Theme-based experiential lesson(s)
11:45 AM – Lunch
12:30 PM – Theme-based experiential lesson(s)
1:15 AM – Wrap-up & share
1:30 PM – Depart SOLE SnowSchool Experience SM site

Please Note: All times are approximate and subject to change depending on your needs.

Where To Meet:


Our drop-off location will be based on specific course location.  This will also be the designated pick-up location.  Due to elements out of our control changes may be made if necessary.  You will be notified if this occurs at our earliest opportunity.

“SOLE is a real community asset!  Their SnowSchool Experience program provided the opportunity for Lake Pend Oreille School District students to experientially explore and learn about the natural systems at work in their own backyard.  Without a doubt without the partnership with SOLE these youth would not have the opportunity to develop a meaningful  relationships with the outdoors while addressing academic content in a fun and engaging manner.”

~ Lake Pend Oreille School District Representative, 2015

Ready to register you class or school?

Follow the simple steps below.

  1. Click on the button below and complete the form.  Make sure to enter when you would like to complete your free consultation call if you have not done so already.
  2. Complete/submit your School Contract for SOLE Admin.
  3. Complete student paperwork [waivers, media release, med form (if appropriate)]
  4. Set up transportation and accommodations for the program (if necessary).
  5. Review personal clothing and gear list and complete.
  6. Pack and head out!

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