MTOS Curriculum

Using the environment to teach and inspire


Mountain Trail Outdoor School’s programming encourages students to experience positive community, grow physically and mentally, improve self-confidence and increase their awareness and stewardship of our natural environment.

MTOS Planning Guide

MTOS teaches experiential education to more than 5,000 students during the school year from August through May. Our curriculum meets state standards from many of the surrounding states. Courses can be customized to fit the unique goals, skill level and ages of each group. Public and private schools typically stay for two to five days of hands-on classes. Day trips are also available.


Courses Include

Environmental Education Adventure & Teambuilding
Forest Ecology Climbing Tower
Mountain Ecology Rock Quarry
Animal Ecology High Ropes Course
Ponds & Streams Study Cooperation Course
Garden Connections Outdoor Living Skills
Cherokee Culture Orienteering
Geology Canoeing
Bog Study
Web of Life
Sustainable Future

With our 1,400 wooded acres as an outdoor classroom, students participate in two three-hour courses each day and one of our evening programs each night. Our instructors are well-trained college graduates with extensive experience in outdoor education. All of our instructors have first aid and CPR training, and many are certified in wilderness first aid or as wilderness first responders. Mountain Trail Outdoor School also offers off-property trips.

To get an idea of a typical trip to MTOS, please review our sample trip schedule below.

Sample Trip Schedule

For more information, please contact MTOS Program Director Meghan Hull-DeWitt at 828-692-9136, ext. 2839, or