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 Winter & Spring 2018

(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.

Winter & Spring Dates
Winter Scouts Intensive:  Thursdays, 7 weeks, January 11 – February 22
Mountain Mallards & Mapaches:  Mondays, 11 weeks, February 26 – May 21*
Free Range Fitness:  Wednesdays, 11 weeks, February 28 – May 23*
NEW – Mountain Zorros:  Thursdays, 11 weeks, March 1 – May 24*
Mountain Jaguares:  Thursdays, 11 weeks, March 1 – May 24*
*No programs the weeks of April 2 – 6 and April 16 – 20

Enroll for Winter & Spring 2018 Afterschool Programs here!

Winter Scouts Intensive

Begins Thursday, January 11
Thursdays, 3:15p – 5:30p*
Mapaches or older
Cost:  Donation

Our program for cold weather months (Jan & Feb) is back!  This is a multi-age program for Mountain Mapaches and older.  Ask Jen about special instructor permission if you have a hardcore younger ruffian.

We will winter track, make an igloo if there is enough snow, and generally learn how to thrive and enjoy the winter.  We will go out in temperatures down to 13 degrees; this is based on school insurance.  All participants must know how to dress for the cold weather.

This is an opportunity for our kids of different ages who are enthusiastic and pretty hardcore about winter mountain weather to have an incredible experience together.

Learn more about our Winter Scouts Intensive 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!

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Begins Monday, February 26
Mondays, 3:15p – 5:30p*
2nd-5th 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 26mapaches-closing-ceremony-fall-2016
Mondays, 3:15p – 5:30p*
4th-6th 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 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!

NEW for 2018!  Mountain Zorros (Foxes)

Begins Thursday, March 1
Thursdays, 3:15p – 5:30p*
5th-7th graders (must have prior experience with Mtn SOL)
Cost:  $100-$150 per student

The Mountain Zorros is our newest program for students progressing from Mtn Mapaches.  The Zorros will focus on the practical application of sur-thrival skills with particular emphasis on setting up outdoor camps with limited supplies and resources.  This will include learning practical knots, basic knife safety and using items in a survival pack.  The Zorros will have increased responsibility while at the same time, they will learn the consequences of their decisions and actions.  Zorros will have the opportunity to advance to our Cheat Mountain Campus program (summer) with instructor permission.

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.

*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 (Mountain Lions)

Begins Thursday, March 1muddy-jags-spring-2016
Thursdays 3:15p – 5:30p* (also 1 Friday a month at Coopers Rock State Forest and an overnight camp out)
6th 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.  For Fall 2017 – Spring 2018, Jaguares also will work towards certification (or re-certification) of Wilderness First Aid.
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 State Forest 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, February 28IMG_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.

We also will continue 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!

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Enroll for Winter & Spring 2018 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