Mountain Jaguares

The Mountain Jaguares is an advanced club that focuses on practicing and expanding the “surthrival” skills that we have learned in Mountain Mallards and Mapaches: tracking, tree and plant id, shelter and fire making, wildlife habitat creation, wilderness first aid and good stewardship practices. Students at this level are able to work through scenarios as a pack as well as begin to think about responsibility to their greater community and natural areas.  We travel off of MLA campus to Coopers Rock on one Friday of the month to give this group a larger area to experience.

Spring 2017 Semester:
Begins Thursday, March 2
Ends Thursday, May 25 (no program weeks of April 3 & April 17)
Thursdays 3:15p – 5:30p* (also 1 Friday a month at Coopers Rock State Forest and an overnight camp out)
5th graders and up (prior experience required)
Cost: $150-$200 per student
Become a Mountain Jaguar! Sign up here.

The focus of our Fall 2014 semester was on navigation and wilderness exploration, and for the first time we got to leave Morgantown Learning Academy (MLA) property and travel to Coopers Rock State Forest!
For our Spring 2015 semester, we participated in Mountain SOL’s Biodiversity Advocates for the Mountains (BAM!) project. We learned about the major plant and animal species on our property as well as conducted our own surveys! We practiced and increased our knowledge of animal tracks and signs as well with the use of a personalized tracking stick, which each student created!
For the 2015 – 2016 school year, our Jaguares learned more Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and more real life scenarios, with 6 of our students going to The Mountain Institute at Spruce Knob in April to be tested on their WFA skills.  All of them passed, becoming some of the youngest people to be certified in Wilderness First Aid!

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The Mountain Jaguares created a video for Mountain SOL’s BAM! project. The BAM! project was funded by the Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation. Watch our video to learn how to survey for large predators in your neck of the woods!

Would your child be interested in joining the Mountain Jaguares?

– The afterschool program meets every week at Morgantown Learning Academy but is open to all students (public and homeschool as well!) 5th grade and up (prior experience required).  Our Mountain Mapache group is also open to 5th graders as well as older students who do not have previous outdoor experience. The week day for the Jaguares in Spring 2017 is every Thursday.

– Each Jaguar will need a day pack, water bottle or camel pack, nut free snack, a compass, whistle on a cord, and other survival materials and books that they will receive in class.  Students will need to be well prepared for cold and wet weather. Parents will need to fill out transportation forms for our monthly Friday trips to Coopers Rock.  We will also have an overnight camping trip on MLA property!

– Questions? Email Jaguares Mentor, Jen-Osha Buysse, at

– To enroll your child, click here.

Why are we called the Mountain Jaguares

Because of Aurora Lights’ Ecuadorian roots, we incorporate Spanish into our Mountain SOL programs. The students chose the name Mountain Jaguares instead of Mountain Lions.