The Mountain Mapaches is a club for our students who have learned how to be responsible for themselves in the woods, have learned how to be respectful of nature, and are aware of the dangers in the woods. These students are ready to learn how to work as a pack. They have achieved a level of independence and have earned the instructor’s trust to venture into the woods with less supervision. This is a new program for our Mountain Mallards that are ready to advance but are not yet ready to advance to Mountain Jaguares.
Please note: Senora Jen will determine which students will advance to Mountain Mapaches based on experience and level of personal responsibility.
Spring 2017 Semester:
Begins Monday, February 27
Ends Monday, May 22 (no program weeks of April 3 & April 17)
Mondays, 3:15p – 5:30p*
3rd-5th graders (Or older students with no prior experience)
Cost: $100-$150 per student
Become a Mountain Mapache! Sign up here.
In Fall 2015, the Mapaches’ focus, by student request, was Intro to “Surthrival”: Food, Water, Shelter and Fire. At this level, students were taught how to build a fire, but the instructor lit it. During Spring 2016, Mapaches explored native West Virginia wildflowers, then designed a wildflower garden for the MLA campus, incorporating both aesthetic beauty and ecosystem roles of the wildflowers.
*Study hall for MLA students will be 3:15p – 4p to allow time for public school and homeschool students to travel to MLA. We will take off up the hill at 4p! Parents, personal responsibility is a big part of this club, so remind your child to get ready but let them pack their own gear the night before. We will be going outside in the cold weather so please email Jen if you have questions about gear. Each child needs to bring a backpack with a water bottle or camel pack and a nut-free snack with label for each adventure.
– Questions? Email Mapaches Mentor Jen-Osha Buysse at JenOsha@AuroraLights.org
– To enroll your child, click here.
Why are we called the Mountain Mapaches?
The Mountain Mapaches afterschool program, like the Mountain Jaguares, is tapping into Aurora Lights’ Ecuadorian roots. Mapache means raccoon in Spanish. The students created the name during our Biodiversity Advocates for the Mountains (BAM!) project. During wildlife surveys the students noticed a resident raccoon that would frequent the stream in the woods.