Inspired by the School’s mission, the Friends Seminary Outdoor Program (FSOP) creates intensive wilderness experiences, which allow students to form stronger connections to the natural world and build an eco-literacy regarding environmental sustainability. Using Experiential Education pedagogy, a theory that supports preparation, direct experience and meaningful reflection, students develop an appreciation for the outdoors and foster a sense of stewardship; one of our Quaker testimonies. In addition to the current goals of social and personal development, this expedition structure allows time to focus on a deeper place-based curriculum that incorporates a service learning component.
Tenth grade students are required to participate in a 5 day/3 night outdoor immersion experience as part of their graduation requirement. Students have an option to choose from three outdoor activities that challenge the human spirit: telemark skiing, backpacking, and sea kayaking. All intensives are designed for the beginner. The course will cover topics such as: personal preparation, Leave No Trace outdoor ethics, expedition behavior, group development, etc. Outdoor equipment is provided. The first day of each session will take place on campus and days 2-5 will be in the field. A personal clothing and packing list for each trip will be distributed to students prior to their trip. Service Learning and Physical Education credit will be given.