Numerous studies show that youth grades K-12 benefit physically, emotionally, and academically from environmental education. We believe that these benefits should be accessible to all, regardless of socioeconomic status. We strive to offer our state-recognized programs to all youth. Through outdoor science adventures, students gain skills in making a difference as well as the sense of self-confidence that they can.
Today’s kids spend as much as 90% of their time inside, disconnected from outdoors. The lack of physical activity and abundance of screen time are two of the biggest obstacles to children’s health that we face. Numerous studies show that youth grades K-12 benefit physically, emotionally, and academically from environmental education. We believe that kids grow and develop better when they spend time outside.
Volunteers who love the outdoors and want to share it with kids (we provide all the training you need!), gently used camping gear for low-income campers, science fair judges, and Board members.
The average American child is said to spend 4 to 7 minutes a day in unstructured play outdoors, and over 7 hours a day in front of a screen.
“Catamount Outdoor education gives all students access to relevant, hands-on science learning! Using teamwork, children are able to learn about their role in taking care of our community and our environment. We love working with Catamount!” — Mrs. Lori Janson, 5th Grade Teacher