Plan Your Adventure

Prepare your class for their Mountain Trail Outdoor School experience.


Thank you for your interest in Mountain Trail Outdoor School.

Lead teachers or trip coordinators should read and print our Program Planning Guide. This online handbook is a useful tool that contains detailed information that will help you plan your school group’s educational trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Please visit Dates & Rates if you have not already requested dates for your visit to MTOS. If you have any questions during the planning process, please email

About MTOS

MTOS uses an experiential education model to teach environmental awareness and promote self-confidence in elementary, middle, and high school students. Our program takes school groups out of traditional classrooms and into nature for two three-hour classes each day and an evening program after dinner each night.

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

Sample Trip Schedule

While you are visiting, Mountain Trail Outdoor School provides your group with meals and lodging. For more information about our facilities, visit Our Campus.

Forms & Packing List

The lead teacher should check to make sure all forms are collected, signed and filled out completely before you arrive. Groups may bring forms with them to Mountain Trail Outdoor School.

We will collect all originals from the lead teacher upon your arrival, but teachers should keep copies for personal records. Please bring an extra copy of your participants list categorized by activity groups.

Please print out and discuss Chaperone Guidelines with all chaperones.

Suggested Packing List

Medical Care & Information

Dietary Restrictions
Please alert us at least two weeks before your arrival of any person with special dietary restrictions. We may not be able to accommodate special diets if we do not know about them in advance but cannot accommodate “selective” eaters. Contact us at if you have specific concerns.

Participant Medications/Routine Treatment
Due to the variability of medical policies throughout the schools that attend our program, Mountain Trail Outdoor School is prepared to handle first aid during your stay, but a teacher or one of your chaperones are expected to handle the administration of all routine medication and medical treatment (we can assist with storage of medication as needed).

Should any student/adult arrive ill or become ill during their stay, Mountain Trail Outdoor School reserves the right to request they be sent home to ensure the health/wellness of other participants.

Emergency Procedures
Mountain Trail Outdoor School staff members have been trained in emergency procedures. All of our instructors have first aid and CPR training, and many are certified in wilderness first aid or as wilderness first responders.

For more information, please contact us at 828-233-2839 or





Mountain Trail Outdoor School
Class Field Trips: What to Expect
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