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Programs for Schools


Our programs are designed to strengthen awareness and management of self and relationships through responsible decision-making - the core tenets of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Each activity is designed to reflect specific objectives from MA, CT and NY State curriculum frameworks. All programs can be tailored to fit each school's needs.

There is a variety of options available for schools, listed below by focal point and by type of program

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SEL Leadership Development Programs

These programs focus on building core SEL competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship management and responsible decision-making, these educational programs emphasize collaboration, cooperation, communication and the development of other leadership skills through physical, mental and emotional challenges and risk taking.

Typically incorporating our challenge course high elements, Alpine Tower, low ropes elements and adventure recreation activities, these programs are specifically designed to bring all students back to the beginning, then reach new levels of cohesiveness and self-awareness through taking on new roles. More about SEL Leadership Development Programs


Mobile Programs

Berkshire Outdoor Center offers mobile programs across the northeast. These options are for all group types, including schools and colleges, and corporate groups who would love us to bring the program to them.

Our portable low ropes elements, incredibly talented facilitators and unique program design are bundled neatly and safely into our special vans and brought to your school or workplace. More about Mobile Programs


Ecology & Environmental Education Programs

These educational programs are hands-on nature lessons, providing opportunities to reinforce lessons learned in the classroom. Incorporating our beaver ecology, forest ecology, animal ecology and wetland ecology lessons, this curriculum matches the frameworks established by MA, CT and NY State. We usually also blend SEL Leadership activities, such as teambuilding, low ropes, high ropes and adventure recreation activities, such as canoeing, hiking and archery to help balance the experience. All program packages are tailorable. More about Ecology & Environmental Education


Build-Your-Own Programs

Every school group is unique. With this option schools can mix and match activities to fit the particular needs of their group. You can do as much or as little of our programming as you wish. Schools have created programs for: end-of-the year field days, sports camps, staff retreats and student activity retreats.


Our Educational Goals

  • Strengthening Relationships - The communication and interaction between peers, between students and teachers, between children and parents, between women and men, between staff and guests, between humans and the environment - are emphasized.
  • Strengthening Self - Encouraging students to become more aware of their senses, empowering them to be self-aware and manage their behavior, enabling them to understand and experience the relationship between themselves and the natural environment and to foster an attitude of inquiry.
  • Support New England schools to improve student learning through a multidisciplinary curricula that supports Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut Curriculum frameworks and objectives.
  • Empower students to become responsible community citizens by emphasizing connections with the real world. Build an understanding of how their actions make a difference.
  • Continue to evolve as an organization by regularly assessing the effectiveness of our programs and activities.

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