Go Outside Education Programs at Pinecrest

Cultivating stewards of the earth to be rooted in inquiry, growing through adventure, and branching out as leaders.

Special Family Education  Programs for Spring 2021

All events during the Covid-19 pandemic at Pinecrest will continue to follow CDC and local health guidelines.  Masks must be worn indoors or when less than 6′ apart outdoors and extra cleaning of indoor spaces will continue.  We encourage social-distancing and provide individual supplies when possible.

Family Field Trips

Design Your Own Family Field Trip:
For families and small home-learning groups
Choose your date and time.

Option 1:  Family/Homeschool Group Field Trip  (1.5 hours)
$60 per program minimum up to 10 people age 3 and up, $6/person after 10

January – Big Games!
February – Tree Buds
March – Amphibians at Sunset (schedule this program for early evening!)
Also in March – Adventure Under the Stars (a sensory awareness program for the night including stargazing, courage exercises, and more!) Schedule both March programs together and get $1 off/person

April – Animal Tracks and Trails
May – Maps and Wayfinding

Option 2: Private Family/Group Hike  (appx 1 hour)
$30 minimum for up to 5 people, $6/person after 5
Hike to the Overlook and back with our guide.  Observe nature, hear local history, and gain skills on how to hike safely.  Specific nature focus, alternative trails, and longer hikes available upon request. 

Private Group History Hike (Appx 3 hours/4 miles)
$50 minimum for up to 5 people, $10  per per person after 5
We will depart from the Sanctuary and follow the old Baugh Bridge Trail, an historic Native American and wagon trail connecting La Grange to Holly Springs.  This old trail drops down a hill before following the Wolf River.  We will come to a massive oak approximately 200 years old.  Stories of the Chickasaw and Civil War will bring  history alive.  We will also enjoy vistas into Mississippi, explore old maps, and learn about the flora and fauna of the area.
Proper footwear and long pants required.  There will be mud.  Bring your lunch and water bottle.

Call 901-878-1247 or e-mail Charity@camppinecrest.org for details and to schedule a visit!

Little Explorers

Mini nature adventures for you and your little one. Social-distance springtime fun. Come early or stay after to play and picnic.

Friday, February 26 Winter Wetlands – Cancelled Due to Rain
Frogs and salamanders in winter? You bet! Wear your tallest rubber boots and lets explore their special habitat, the ephemeral pool. You may want to bring a change of clothes for the kiddos.

Friday, March 12 Log Life
Life abounds in the logs of the deep forest. We’ll carefully roll and dissect logs to find out who lives in, on, around, and under these super important habitats.

Friday, April 9 Caring for the Earth
Learn about plants that are good for West Tennessee and plants that are not good. Kids will become little stewards as we help to remove invasive plants and plant natives. Each child will plant native seeds to take home for their garden.

Friday, May 7  May Bouquets for Your Favorite Lady.
Learn about wildflowers, why they are important, and how to carefully select and create a beautiful bouquet made of natural materials.  Share your floral creation with favorite lady.

$6/child, one adult helper free. Siblings welcome.  $6/additional attendees age 4 and up.
Call 901-878-1247 for details.  Click HERE to register.

Go Outside! is based on teaching love, care, respect, and understanding of our world today. Science, history, team-building, personal reflection, and more help educate and emphasize our mission of cultivating stewards of the earth to be rooted in inquiry, growing through adventure, and branching out as leaders.  We offer experiential programming that involves opportunities to support and engage all 7 learning styles.

Students make connections between the classroom and the real world. Our adventures support 3-D learning, Expeditionary Learning, STEM and STEAM curriculum, experiential learning, the Montessori approach, homeschool groups, forest-school, and more in an outdoor classroom setting. To create stewards of the earth, we know we need to provide ample time to explore, connect, and love the diverse facets of nature and natural processes which roots them in inquiry.

One of the most important outcomes of experiential learning is emotional growth, whether or not it’s intentionally built into the program structure. Outdoor programs are found to help students improve:
– Self-concept
– Social skills
– Academic and personal achievement
Thus students are confident to branch out as leaders.

Begin your field trip planning process with our Field Trip Planning Guide.

  Here you will find the information you need to choose the program or programs  for your group.

Then call to schedule your program.

Click Below!

Next, use our Adventure Planning Packet to prepare for your visit.

Here you’ll find resources such as sample schedules, checklists, and more!

“I loved doing the games that we played because it made us think more about certain things.” 

– Student attending Go Outside

Ready to book a program?  Call or e-mail today!
Charity Siebert – Program Director

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