With the start of the school season approaching, Kanuga’s Mountain Trail Outdoor School (MTOS) began training its staff on August 6 in preparation for welcoming school groups to the innovative education program later in the month.
The experientially-based school serves over 5,000 students from across the Southeast each year. Public and private schools come for residential field trips, typically staying two to five days. The program is customized to fit the goals of each group, ranging from a science curriculum that meets standard course of study requirements to team-building exercises and adventure-based programming.
“We have 18 people on staff and we’ll spend the next 10 days running through each class we offer from forest ecology to geology and Cherokee culture and many more,” explained MTOS Program Director Christine Murawski. “We teach the classes as if the students were there, but the staff serves as the students and we learn from each other. We even go on a three-day expedition in the Pisgah National Forest, like we will with students, to be sure every aspect is covered and the staff is well-prepared.”
MTOS staff is comprised of highly-educated and well-trained individuals with college degrees or attending school at the senior level. Experience working with youth outdoors is required.
Do you know of a school group that would like to attend the Mountain Trail Outdoor School? There’s still availability for the fall and spring seasons. Learn more about MTOS.