Programs

Mountain SOL offers afterschool programs for all area students, as well as workshops and classes for adults and the general public.

Classes are on sliding scale tuition within a range for each class for you to choose what you can give to the school.  Additional funds above the maximum will be applied to scholarships.

Afterschool Programs for Spring 2017

(All afterschool programs held at Morgantown Learning Academy unless otherwise noted – map here)

Please note the ages for each group are flexible.  Group placement also depends on the experience and maturity of each participant.  Please contact us with questions.

Spring Dates:  11 weeks, February 27 – May 25 (no programs weeks of April 3 and April 17)

Enroll for Spring 2017 Afterschool Programs here!

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Begins Monday, February 27
Mondays, 3:15p – 5:30p*
2nd-4th graders
Cost:  $100-$150 per student

This club is for our students who just can’t get enough of being outside and who want to learn more about the trees, animals, plants, trails and treasures we have on Morgantown Learning Academy’s 12-acre campus. We will spend every minute of our hour and half together hiking on our trail around the property and exploring our forest. While this class will be full of fun and exciting discoveries, our instructors will consistently use principles of individual responsibility, team work and good stewardship to guide our adventures.

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 Director “Senora” Jen-Osha (jenosha@auroralights.org) 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.

Please note:  Senora Jen will determine which students will advance to Mountain Mapaches based on experience and level of personal responsibility.

Learn more about Mountain Mallards here.

*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!

Mountain Mapaches (Raccoons)

Begins Monday, February 27mapaches-closing-ceremony-fall-2016
Mondays, 3:15p – 5:30p*
3rd-5th graders (Or older students with no prior experience)
Cost:  $100-$150 per student

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.

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.

Learn more about Mountain Mapaches here.

*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!

Mountain Jaguares (Lions)

Begins Thursday, March 2muddy-jags-spring-2016
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

This advanced club 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 Rocks on one Friday of the month to give this group a larger area to experience.

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; please contact Jen with questions (jenosha@auroralights.org). 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!

Learn more about Mountain Jaguares here.

*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!

Free Range Fitness / Self-Defense

Begins Wednesday, March 1IMG_0806
Wednesdays, 3:15p – 5:30p*
3rd graders and up
Cost:  $100 – $150 per student

The concept is simple: move naturally in nature. This class will explore the foundational concepts of movement and fitness in their most natural environment, nature itself.  Lifting, climbing, crawling, squatting, balancing, hanging, running, and jumping all will be included in ways that are uncommon in a typical fitness class. This will be a fun and playful environment meant to help cultivate a joyful relationship with nature by building competence in our own bodies to enjoy it fully.

New this year is the incorporation of self-defense with our Free Range Fitness program.  Through games, instruction and fun, students will gain skills to deal with bullying in the right way.  The answer is not always violence.

This program is a great opportunity for students to improve their balance and coordination, strength and agility while boosting their self-confidence and self-esteem.

Each child needs to bring a backpack with a water bottle or camel pack and a nut-free snack with label for each adventure.

Note on dressing for Free Range Fitness from Instructor Buddy Guthrie:  Unrestrictive movement is the goal.  Wear flexible clothing so all joints of the body move free.  For shoes, the more freely the foot can mold to what it is standing on the better.  Since barefoot is not an option, minimalist shoes are ideal – something with a flexible sole where the foot can feel the ground.  Contact Buddy directly with any questions about the program and/or what to wear (buddyaguthrie@gmail.com).

Learn more about Free Range Fitness/Self-Defense here.

*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 start our outdoor activities at 4p!

Mountain Mayflies

This program will resume in Summer 2017.

The Mountain Mayflies is our youth activist group that focuses on learning about the effects of extractive industries on our public lands while spreading awareness about these issues and how we can protect our public forests. Students will also be learning forest and stream ecology while advocating for the protection of our forests. This group is part of Aurora Lights’ Not In My Forests (NIMF) program. The Mayflies will spend most of their classes within the Coopers Rock State Forest but all classes will first meet at MLA before traveling to Coopers Rock unless otherwise noted. Last semester the class created a public service announcement on the importance of forests and why forests are important to them.

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Enroll for Winter & Spring 2017 Afterschool Programs here!

*For all programs, MLA students will have study hall 3:15p – 4p, while other students travel to MLA.  All students then will head outdoors promptly at 4p.  There is no additional afterschool fee for MLA for the study hall.

We would also be happy to  also create custom lessons/classes for your group.  Please contact for options.

Classes meet at:

Morgantown Learning Academy
123 Discovery Place
Morgantown, WV 26508
For map, click here