Summer 2022 course dates and application coming soon

Boulder

Thorne Nature Experience
see info below

Course Details

DATES
Coming soon

8DAYS

Arrival City
Denver
TUITION

Coming Soon

*IMPORTANT DETAILS

 

AVAILABILITY
14 Spaces
We partner with the thorne nature experience to Support a youth summer camp that deepens childrens relationship with the outdoors.

Program Overview

Alongside our partner, Thorne Nature Experience, you will learn about the role of hands-on, place-based, environmental education as a means to foster environmental stewardship through an emotional connection to nature. This program will allow take you to the beautiful outdoor setting of Boulder, Colorado where you will enable all young children, regardless of race, ethnicity, or family income, to connect with nature.

While in Boulder you will support Thorne’s Summer Camp Program which gives youth from 3-15 the chance to explore nature through engaging learning experiences. As a teaching assistant, you will actively assist in the education of students about the wonders of the natural world through joyful, hands-on, field-based exploration. You will also have the opportunity to learn about other organizations providing youth and families with access to nature and the outdoors as a means of fostering environmental stewardship.

Program Highlights

  • Provide support at a summer camp that connects youth to nature.
  • Learn the importance of creating equal access to the outdoors as a means of fostering environmental stewardship.
  • Explore the outdoors of Boulder, Colorado, and the Front Range foothills

LEARN MORE About Our Partner

Thorne Nature

 

Course Elements

The course elements are based on a rating from 1 to 5, 1 being the least rigorous, 5 being the most rigorous.

5
LEARNING SERVICE
Students will support Thorne Nature, a local nonprofit, in delivering a joyful, hands-on, place- based environmental education experiences.
5
CURRICULUM
Prior to their travels, students complete a series of online activities (30 minutes each). While traveling, they also read engaging articles, participate in cultural experiences, and create presentations in small groups.
3
TREKKING
Students will be leading hikes of up to one mile in length (at altitude) while supporting the summer camp. In addition, the group will be doing longer hikes while exploring the surrounding area.
2
LIVING CONDITIONS
The group stays at a local home reserved for our group. Students will be cooking meals together and living in shared rooms of 4 people each.
2
ON THE MOVE
While the program is based in Boulder, the group will be driving by van each day for up to 30 minutes to the summer camp location.
2
REMOTENESS
The group will spend their entire time exploring different neighborhoods in the Boulder metropolitan area in addition to exploring the surrounding mountains and trails.

Itinerary

1

Arrival Day, begin group orientation

2

Begin project work with Thorne Nature as a teaching assistant supporting a summer camp for youth. Meet with other local nonprofits and explore the surrounding area in the afternoon.

3

Continue project work with Thorne Nature as a teaching assistant supporting a summer camp for youth. Meet with other local nonprofits and explore the surrounding area in the afternoon.

4

Continue project work with Thorne Nature as a teaching assistant supporting a summer camp for youth. Meet with other local nonprofits and explore the surrounding area in the afternoon.

5

Continue project work with Thorne Nature as a teaching assistant supporting a summer camp for youth. Meet with other local nonprofits and explore the surrounding area in the afternoon.

6

Continue project work with Thorne Nature as a teaching assistant supporting a summer camp for youth. Meet with other local nonprofits and explore the surrounding area in the afternoon.

7

Guided day hike to learn more about Thorne's mission and the importance of outdoor experiences in connecting youth to nature.

8

Visit Rocky Mountain National Park.

9

Continue project work with Thorne Nature as a teaching assistant supporting a summer camp for youth. Meet with other local nonprofits and explore the surrounding area in the afternoon.

10

Continue project work with Thorne Nature as a teaching assistant supporting a summer camp for youth. Meet with other local nonprofits and explore the surrounding area in the afternoon.

11

Continue project work with Thorne Nature as a teaching assistant supporting a summer camp for youth. Meet with other local nonprofits and explore the surrounding area in the afternoon.

12

Continue project work with Thorne Nature as a teaching assistant supporting a summer camp for youth. Begin group debrief.

13

Continue project work with Thorne Nature as a teaching assistant supporting a summer camp for youth. Final group debrief.

14

Departure day.

Boulder : In Three Phases

1

THE 5 LENS CURRICULUM

Prior to departure, students are guided by their course instructors through a series of interactive, online lessons. Organized by SStS’s Five Lens Curriculum, these activities (30 minutes per week) allow students to directly engage with other members of the group.

2

PARTNERING WITH NGOS

The majority of the days at each site are spent engaged in meaningful service work with our NGO (non-governmental organization) partner. Days not dedicated to project work are spent immersed in intriguing cultural activities.

3

POST TRAVEL ADVOCACY

During the next school year, students educate others by advocating for our NGO partner through public presentations to the community at large and/or younger, school-based audiences.

Travel Journal

During the travel phase of each SStS course, students spend time reflecting on the learning that occurs through their immersion and service experiences. These posts capture the impact of our programs on individual students. As this is our first year running the program we do not have any travel posts. Please check back soon.

Important Details

Cost Information

Students who attend a Shoulder-to-Shoulder partner school receive a tuition discount. To see a list of partner schools, click HERE. The prices below are from 2021. 2022 pricing is coming soon.

Tuition (students from partner schools): $3180 *
Tuition (students from non-partner schools): $3380 *

*Students are responsible for booking their own flight to meet the group in Boulder. Once enrolled our admissions team will assist in choosing the correct arrival and departure times.

SStS is in search of curious, compassionate, globally-minded students and will do all that we can financially to support students who require assistance. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please indicate this on the application. Scholarships tend to be less than 50% of tuition.

Please note, tuition does not include airfare and immunizations.

Tuition costs are all-inclusive with the exception of personal expenditures (e.g. souvenirs). Tickets and medical & security evacuation services are purchased as a group. The cost of these services is included in the tuition. Talbot Travel Agency provides travel services for SStS, working personally with us to find the least expensive group fares. As a result, it is not possible to use airline miles or credit card benefits for international flights. However, these can be used to purchase tickets to the gateway city.

Travel Expectations

Please note that we expect all participants to travel together, adhering to the identical itinerary. We will depart the United States as a group from a gateway city. Exemptions may be made for international students. Additionally, travel in the developing world inevitably includes “the unexpected” (e.g. weather disruptions, transportation strikes, etc.). SStS will adjust the itinerary accordingly, making the best of uncontrollable situations. Due to the unknown variables in international travel, participants are asked not to make travel plans or to enroll in programs that start immediately after their return. SStS is not responsible for expenses incurred due to missed flights if the group is delayed in their return.

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