Outdoor Technology is designed for students who want to spend time outside exploring, helping the community and developing leadership skills. The field-based curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning with multiple outdoor lessons and activities each week. Outdoor Technology focuses on ecological stewardship, holistic problem-solving, and effective communication. Students develop complex understandings of natural communities and ecosystems, sustainable forestry, and regenerative agriculture through experiential projects, service learning and career exploration.
Recent projects and collaboration include:
Ice fishing with Vermont Fish and Wildlife Game Warden
Tracking wildlife through the winter
Exploring Lake Champlain aboard the University of Vermont research vessel Melosira with scientists to learn about aquatic ecology
Orchard design, planting and pruning
This half-day course is designed to immerse 9th and 10th grade students in an outdoor-based leadership curriculum that creatively explores high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand careers and supports the development of a student’s Personalized Learning Plan.
This interdisciplinary course combines the fields environmental science, technology, engineering, arts and math through community service, outdoor education and leadership training experiences. Focus areas include wildlife tracking, wilderness first aid, green design build, engineering, forest ecology, grafting, pruning and propagation, sustainable agriculture, and hospitality, tourism and recreation, to name a few.
The course is designed to support the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, where it meets “the call for greater alignment, integration, and collaboration between education and health to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development.”
This class is an option for students in grades 9 and 10.
Over the course of the program students may earn:
Embedded Credit: Math (1 integrated/transcripted credit per year)
Credentials: National Career Readiness Certificate; Wilderness First Aid; Game of Logging I & II