Niwot Elementary On Campus Program K-5th

Program Date: 10/7-10/11
Participants: K-5th Grade

Program Logistics: Students will arrive at school at the normal start time. The program will finish by the end of the school day.

*Please note: There will be a $26 participant fee that you will pay directly to the school by cash or check. This is NOT paid online. This portal is only for sign up and waiver permission. Please see Niwot Elementary staff for payment for your child’s program

Program Overview: Avid4 Adventure is very pleased to be returning to Niwot Elementary to deliver the Outdoor Education Intensive for Kindergarten through 5th Grade students. The “Intensive” is an outdoor education, on-campus immersion program bringing four stations that students will rotate through during one full day. Coming to Niwot Elementary will be a portable rock climbing wall, a mountain bike skills course, a kayak paddle tank, and a Leave No Trace outdoor classroom. All of this is incorporated into a cohesive curriculum that is framed within a non-competitive and supportive atmosphere led by our experienced and professional staff. All specialized equipment is provided by Avid4 Adventure, as is all instruction and safety management. No previous experience or purchasing of specialized equipment is necessary on the part of the participants.


Registration Instructions:

All students must be registered online (click on the orange ‘Register Now’ button below).

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PROGRAM INFORMATION

Class/Date Assignments Schedule of Activities What to Bring After School Program Weather Contingencies & Safety Nature of Activites Questions

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Class/Date Assignments

Grade Teacher Activity Date
5th Reid 10/7
5th LaFaye 10/7
4th Tagley 10/7
4th Yonker 10/8
4th Charbonneau 10/8
3rd  Roush 10/8
3rd Murphy 10/8
3rd Breyer 10/9
2nd Burke 10/9
2nd Olson 10/9
2nd Cavanaugh 10/10
1st Bernhardt 10/10
1st P/M 10/10
1st Easley 10/10
K Calkins 10/11
K Soole 10/11
K Phillips 10/11

 

Schedule of Activities

Each student will spend an entire day participating at the intensive. On their assigned day, students should report to their regular class, after which they will be divided into small groups and head outside to the field.

Daily Schedule(subject to modification):

  • Introduction- Meet in regular classroom, Break into groups, Go outside
  • Program Overview Activity 1 (Biking, Climbing, Kayaking or Leave No Trace)
  • Snack Activity 2
  • Lunch Activity 3
  • Break Activity 4
  • Final Assembly 3:00PM -4:00 PM
  • After School Program

What to Bring

Avid4 Adventure will provide all necessary outdoor and safety equipment. On your participation day please bring:

  1. A backpack, sized to fit your child, that can hold all personal belongings listed below.
  2. Come to school wearing shorts and a tee shirt (that can get wet), with layers over to stay warm. That way, as the day warms, you can remove layers for comfort. Bring clothing for any potential weather, including at least one warm layer (fleece jacket, etc.). If rain is in the forecast, include an outer waterproof layer (rain jacket or poncho that will not soak through), and a warm layer (not cotton because it gets cold when wet), in addition to the cloths that are worn. If the high for the day is 60 degrees or below, please also include a second warm layer, long pants, and a hat. Kids have fun in all conditions, as long as they are warm!
  3. A hat that provides full sun protection
  4. Closed toe shoes appropriate for hiking and outdoor use and water shoes (or some footwear that students can wear in the reservoir). Wear hiking shoes to school.
  5. A full, one liter, non-breakable, non-leaking, water bottle labeled with the child’s name
  6. Sunscreen (15+ SPF) with child’s name clearly labeled
  7. Lunch (no refrigeration necessary and creating the minimum amount of trash). Cafeteria will provide sack lunches for those on the Free/Reduced Lunch Program.
  8. Snack (we will have snack time each morning around 10:00)
  9. Extra clothes (full set)
  10. Sunglasses (optional)

After School Program

After School Parent & Sibling Program for one hour after the Avid4 Adventure program, the portion of the student body that participated that day is invited to bring their parents and siblings to the Intensive area to participate with them. Since the Outdoor Intensive must immediately move to another school, there will not be an after school program on the last day. Participants in the last day’s program are welcome to come to an after school program on any of the other days. This provides a chance for kids to show their parents what they have learned during their day at Avid4, as well as an opportunity for parents to get a few pointers from their kids as they try the activity! We ask that students only attend the after school program once. We highly encourage you to plan to attend this after school session. Parents or siblings that wish to try one of the activities will first be required to read and sign a Risks & Release Form and Indemnity Agreement. This is the same form that parents signed for their kids before the Intensive. This form will be available at the Intensive. 

Weather Contingencies & Safety

We will make every effort to conduct the program even in inclement weather. Weather is a very real part of every outdoor experience and thus can provide great learning opportunities. We have activity modifications if weather dictates.

Avid4 Adventure prides itself in offering creative and instructive recreational opportunities. From climbing and hiking to kayaking and biking, participants can experience a variety of activities. However, please remember that all adventure activities, including those offered by Avid4, include inherent and other risks. These risks come with the territory, and are part of any recreation and adventure opportunity your child may participate in. That is why at Avid4, we focus on running a quality program, to mitigate these risks and dangers:

  • We hire staff that is proficient and tested in their area of instruction and trained in first aid and CPR.
  • We have developed a risk management plan to monitor & address risks and activities in our programs.
  • We inspect all of our equipment regularly.
  • We precede activities with a talk about potential risks and how to avoid or minimize those risks.
  • We have staff to participant ratios that provide for individualized attention and constant group management.
  • Participants are oriented to the concept that safety is a top priority, and each participant becomes a member of the safety team. This increases hazard awareness as well as personal responsibility.
  • Avid4 has written activity protocols to promote consistency and address inherent risks.
  • Avid4 programs are age and ability appropriate. We believe that it’s much more important to have a great time than it is to reach the top.

Please review our website page on Our Approach to Safety or contact us if you have any further questions: info@avid4.com or (720) 249-2412.

Nature of Activites

At Avid4 Adventure we are outside playing, running, kayaking, hiking, biking and climbing every day. During the day, it is often the case that students will come home with a scrape or bruise due to the physicality of activities. This is simply the nature of learning outdoor activities. For a more detailed discussion, please visit our website page Our Approach to Safety. Here is dome detail; about the activities we do:

Rock Climbing: Kids will learn about techniques, precautions, equipment and history of the sport. Top-roped climbing will take place on an artificial climbing wall, always wearing helmets.

Kayaking & Canoeing: Our flatwater instruction program gives students a chance to learn about techniques, precautions, equipment and history of the sport. Our teaching progression emphasizes incrementally developing comfort with equipment and the environment in order to facilitate success experiences. PFD’s (life jackets) will be worn at all times.

Mountain Biking: Avid4 Adventure’s fleet of mountain bikes can accommodate any size student. We can work with all ability levels. Riders will not only learn technique, precautions, equipment and history of the sport, but also some basics of bicycle maintenance. Helmets are worn at all times

Questions

Questions? If you have further questions, please feel free to contact Avid4 Adventure: info@avid4.com, or 720.249.2412. We are looking forward to a GREAT course.