Winter School Programs

 

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WEEKDAY SCHOOL GROUP WINTER PROGRAM

Bring your students for an inexpensive day of fun designed especially for them. We offer tubing, cross-country skiing with instruction, and other outdoor educational activities.  The tubing hill is supervised by our staff and instruction is provided for cross-country skiing. We also offer outdoor educational tracks of Fox Game, Winter Survival, Snowmaking, and Igloo Building.

Special school rates:

Tubing $6.00 per person, Skiing $5.00 per person, Tubing & Skiing combination $11.00 per person, Educational Tracks $2.00 each per person.

The Fox Game – A winter nature study of the Red Fox

Grades: K-6th

Within this interactive game, students take on the role of a Red Fox and try to survive the winter by capturing food. They discover how this animal was created with special features to help it hunt its food. Before the game, students learn about the habitat, physical characteristics, enemies, and hunting techniques of the Red Fox. This is useful information in playing the game. The game can be adapted to different grade levels. Play time is about 30 to 40 minutes. At the conclusion of the game students are asked to share one thing that they learned about the Red Fox.

Igloo Building – A winter cooperative

Grades: 3rd-8thIgloo266

This cooperative teaches the building techniques of the Inuit as students are challenged to work together to build an igloo. Students undergo a brief instructional time on the art of igloo building and the culture of the Inuit people. The students are presented with a scenario of having been transformed into Inuit hunters as a part of a hunting party. The group is out on a long, cold journey, headed for the sea ice when it becomes necessary to rest for tomorrow’s hunt. Night is coming, and they need a shelter to escape from the freezing winds and intense cold. Groups work one after the other throughout the day, together constructing each stage of an igloo as they build on the previous group’s accomplishments. This activity is adapted to different grade levels. Activity time is about 30 to 45 minutes. Prior to the end of the session, we will debrief their team-building experience, i.e. their portion of the structure, their process, their degree of struggles and success, etc.

Snowmaking – A hands-on demonstration            

Grades: K-8th

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Five Pines has been making snow for over 15 years. Students learn the science behind making snow in this 30-minute track. Not only will they tour our operation, but help set up the equipment needed to make snow and, if conditions are right, actually make snow. Our staff will demonstrate all the equipment - air compressor, diesel water pump, hydrants, hoses, and the snow gun. Along with the set-up we will explain wet-bulb conditions for optimum output of snow. This activity is adapted to different grade levels.  

Winter Wilderness Survival

Grades: 6th and up

In extreme winter conditions, the smallest decision can make the difference between life and death. Students are placed in the fictional situation of being on a class field trip when the snow begins and quickly becomes heavy, leading to near whiteout conditions. Somehow they have become separated and lost from the big group, but by chance they have stumbled upon an old miners’ camp. Night is coming and they have 45 minutes to forage for any useful supplies to start a fire and prepare a shelter.   They select a leader and are given basic fire and shelter building information. This team-building activity allows students to work together for the common goal – to survive. The facilitator will debrief the teambuilding experience - their fire, shelter, and outcomes.

 

For more information or booking, call 269-471-1396

 

 

 

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