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Catamount Explorations

We are thrilled to offer enriching opportunities for young people living in or around Williston. We have developed an array of programs that combine nature-based topics with outdoor recreation. Check out our descriptions below to find out which program is right for your child!


Some things to consider:

 

– We understand that afterschool can tend to be a bit hectic! For that reason, our dropoff times are quite flexible. All of our programs will account for a dropoff span of one half hour after the program start time (i.e. program that runs from 3pm – 5:30pm will have a drop off window of 3pm – 3:30pm).

 

– We have also made it so there will be a bus stop at Catamount on the bus route J for students in grades 1-8 from Williston Schools.

 

– Pickup will take place within the last fifteen minutes of the program duration (i.e. program that runs from 3pm – 5:30pm will have a pick up window of 5:15pm – 5:30pm).

 

– Programming will take place every weekday with exceptions for major holidays.

 


Monday

“Kids vs Wild”
Time: Mondays from 3pm – 5:30
Ages : grades 1-4
Price: $100 per month
For anyone who loves to spend time outdoors, it is important to have an understanding of basic survival skills. In this program, we will be practicing ways to survive and thrive in the outdoors! Some skills we will cover will be fire building, knot tying, map & compass reading, and shelter making. In addition to learning these skills, we will also be putting emphasis on “Leave No Trace” and “Hug-A-Tree” principles. Learn new things all while being able to explore the Catamount Community Forest on bike, foot, xc ski, or snowshoe!

Tuesday

“Morning Explorations”
Time: Tuesdays from 8am-12pm
Ages: grades 1-6
Price: $150 per month
This program is designed to incorporate outdoor recreation with nature based art and science. Modeled after our program “Catamount Explorations”, which we have run during September and October, this program has the most amount of freedom for children to explore what they wish– whether that be identifying different wild animals or trying cross-country skiing for the first time!

 

“The Nature Connection”
Time: Tuesdays from 3pm – 5:30
Ages : grades 4-6
Price: $100 per month
This program is designed for kids to deepen their connection with nature through enrichment and recreation. Explore the Catamount Community Forest, have the option to try biking, skiing, or snowshoeing, and learn more about the natural world that we all exist in! In addition to being active outside, kids in this program will also have the opportunity to learn basic outdoor skills like knot tying, fire building, plant & animal identification, and “Leave No Trace” principles.

Wednesday

“Morning Explorations”
Time: Wednesdays from 8am-12pm
Ages: grades 1-3
Price: $150 per month

 

“Afternoon Explorations”
Time: Wednesdays from 1pm-5pm
Ages: grades 4-6
Price: $150 per month
These programs are designed to incorporate outdoor recreation with nature based art and science. Modeled after our program “Catamount Explorations”, which we have run during September and October, this program has the most amount of freedom for children to explore what they wish– whether that be identifying different wild animals or trying cross-country skiing for the first time!

Thursday

“Art in Nature”
Time: Thursdays from 3pm-5:30pm
Ages: grades 1-4
Price: $100 per month
Creating art that involves nature provides the artist with an opportunity to make discoveries about the natural world that may have been left unnoticed if just given a quick glance. In this program, we will be using nature as the inspiration for many different art projects. Using different mediums in combination with natural found objects, expect to make some unique art projects that are an ode to time spent in nature. Each time we meet, we will be hiking to different spots around Catamount so we have many points of inspiration.

Friday

“Science in Nature”
Time: Fridays from 3pm-6pm
Ages: grades 1-4
Price: $100 per month
Catamount Community Forest is the perfect setting for studying the life cycles of the plants, animals and the weather patterns that are all around us. With the never-ending changes of the seasons, the natural world goes through a kaleidoscope of ancient cycles of which we are all a part. Join us in learning about what the science in nature has to teach us about our place in the world.

Custom Programming

Time: Choose from Monday, Thursday, or Friday between 8am and 2pm
Ages: grades 1-12
Price: TBD
Do you want to be involved in Catamount programs but have conflicts with the options mentioned above? We’ve got you covered. We are ready to work with you in order to create a custom program for a group of 5 or more kids. This is a great opportunity for your learning pod to spend some enriching time in the outdoors!

 

 

Registration for the month of November is OPEN NOW !

 

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*All instructors are trained in 1st Aid & CPR certified.  
Instructor Bios:
Sofie Pedemonti
Sofie hails from Southern Vermont but has spent the past year living in Burlington, studying Art Education at the University of Vermont, and getting outside as much as possible.  Before finding herself up north, Sofie deepened her connection with nature by doing trail work with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, attending a three-month backpacking program with the High Mountain Institute, and interning at Burr and Burton Academy’s Mountain Campus.  After spending the summer at Catamount as a mountain bike coach, Sofie says “I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to teach at Catamount.  I find the relationships between art, nature, and education to be fascinating and I’m so excited to delve deeper into these topics with the students.” When she isn’t at Catamount, Sofie can be found in her pottery studio, at a local swimming hole or cooking up a new vegetarian dish in her kitchen.
Charlie Saulnier For many years, Charlie has been an Environmental Educator, both in the classroom and outdoors.  He has worked as a High School Environmental Science Teacher and Department Head in a Vocational Technical High School for over twenty years, where most of the work was hands-on and outdoors.  For several summers, Charlie worked as an Outward Bound Instructor with inner-city, elementary school children in a program called the Island School in the Boston Harbor.  The goal was to excite children about art, science and recreation by utilizing the natural history of the island, the ropes course and the pulling boats.  Charlie says, “Come and join us for our Catamount Explorations, and learn about the natural wonders of this magnificent land, nestled in the heart of the Green Mountains.  Let us find out together what it has to teach us about the natural beauty of the World, ourselves, and our communities.  I look forward to welcoming all of you to Catamount.”  When not at Catamount Charlie can be found cycling, skiing, swimming, taking photographs, or canoeing and exploring somewhere in the Arctic.