Three Seasons at Heart Lake is Adirondack Mountain Club’s (ADK) inquiry based environmental education curriculum for fourth graders that weaves together responsible outdoor recreation, wellness, and the history of the Adirondacks, both natural and cultural. ADK developed this curriculum with teachers and students to meet the needs and goals of the schools. Through the Three Seasons at Heart Lake School Outreach Program, we hope to inspire a greater desire to experience the outdoors responsibly.
We provide this program to students in fourth grade because we recognize that this is an ideal age in which to engage students in nature. At this age students generally have the physical maturity to participate and they have the cognitive, language and writing skills needed to benefit from the curriculum, which ties well with state and school requirements. It offers a break from traditional behind-the-desk learning. The students who do well in this program may not excel in a classroom setting – being up at Heart Lake allows a different group of students to shine.
Here is a series of photos from this past Fall’s program where students climb to the top of Mt. Jo:
From surveys taken during the program, we have learned that in school systems located within the Adirondack Park, 80% of the students do not regularly participate in outdoor/environmental activities despite the availability of excellent teaching sites literally right outside the school. The Adirondack Park is the perfect laboratory for teaching children about the outdoors, outdoor recreation and protection of the natural resources since it is a patchwork quilt of private and public lands. The more we make the child’s first outdoor experience one that is exploratory, non-competitive, inspiring and FUN, the stronger their attachment to nature will become.
You can sponsor one student throughout the school year and open a lifetime of possibilities for $265.