🍁 2022 Fall Classes 🍁

After-school Programs for Fall 2022

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Mountain SOL offers after-school programs for all local students. Classes are priced using sliding scale tuition (within a price-range) so you can choose what you want to give to the school. Payments made above the maximum listed price are considered donations. If you would like to apply for a needs-based scholarship, please go to our Giving Goats Scholarship Fund page to fill out an application.

All after-school programs are held on the Morgantown Learning Academy
campus unless otherwise noted – map here


Age restrictions for each group are flexible.
We work hard to make sure that kids have a good social network

within their class as well as similar skill levels.


Group placement also depends on the experience and maturity of each participant.
Please contact us at [email protected]
with any questions.

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Fall Dates


Begins the week of August 28th until the week of November 6th


Mallards: (2nd – 4th Grade) Mondays, 11 weeks, 4:00 to 5:30

Mapaches: (4th – 6th Grade) Mondays, 11 weeks, 4:00 to 5:30

Zorros: (5th – 8th Grade) Thursdays, 11 weeks, 4:00 to 5:30

Jaguares: (8th – 12th Grade) Thursdays, 11 weeks, 5:00 to 7:00

Forest Fitness: (5th – 8th Grade) Tuesdays, 11 weeks, 4:00 to 5:30

Wildcraft Wednesdays: (5th – 8th Grade) Wednesdays, 11 weeks, 4:00 to 5:30

Classes also include additional camp outs, woo-hoos, or group hikes.

Each unique activity is listed in the individual class description.

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Mallards (Ducks)

– Beginning Monday, August 29th
– 4:00 to 5:30*
– Students may arrive as early as 3:15 if needed
2nd through 4th grade
– Instructors: Paula Taylor (Mrs. T)
– Cost: $175 – $225 p
er student
– Fall semester focus: Campsite Basics

This class 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 our campus. This semester we are learning the basics of setting up a campsite; choosing a good site, firepits, firewood, and setting up a tent! 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 direct our adventures.

Parents: personal responsibility is a BIG part of this club, so remind your child to prepare and encourage them to pack their own gear the night before. We will be going outside in ALL weather types (Cold, wet, rainy, and muddy!). Please feel free to e-mail Mallards instructors, Ms T. at [email protected] if you have questions about gear. Each child needs to bring a backpack, a water bottle or camel pack, and a nut-free snack with a label for each adventure.

Please note: Instructors will determine which students will advance to Mapaches based on experience, maturity, and levels of personal responsibility. Parents will receive a checklist of their child’s progress at the end of each semester.

*Study hall for MLA students will be from 3:15 to 4:00 to allow time for public school and home-school students to travel to MLA. We will begin hiking promptly at 4:00!

 

Mapaches (Raccoons)

– Beginning Mondays, August 29th
– 4:00 to 5:30*
– Students may arrive as early as 3:15 if needed.
4th to 6th Grade
– Instructor:
Jason Ruehl (Mr. Jason)
– Cost: $175 – $225 per student
– Mapache Woo-hoo: (To be announced)
– Fall Topic:
Trees and Plants!

The Mapaches group is for students who have learned how to be responsible for themselves, are respectful of nature, and are aware of the potential dangers of the woods. These students have achieved a level of independence and are ready to learn how to work as a pack. They have earned the instructor’s trust, allowing them to venture into the woods with less supervision. This semester we will be learning to identify different local plants and trees, and how to use them!

Parents: personal responsibility is a BIG part of this club, so remind your child to prepare and encourage them to pack their own gear the night before. We will be going outside in ALL weather types (Cold, wet, rainy, and muddy!). Please feel free to e-mail Mapache instructor, Mr. Jason at [email protected] if you have questions about gear. Each child needs to bring a backpack, a water bottle or camel pack, and a nut-free snack with a label for each adventure.

*Study hall for MLA students will be 3:15 to 4:00 to allow time for public school and home-school students to travel to MLA. We will begin hiking promptly at 4:00!

 

Zorros (Foxes)

– Beginning Thursday, September 1st
– 4:00 to 5:30*
– Students may arrive as early as 3:15 if needed.
5th to 8th Grade (5th graders with prior experience)
– Instructor: Miss Lauren
– Cost: $175 – $225 per student
– Zorros camp-out:
(To be announced)
– Fall
Topic: Herbalism

The Zorros program is the next step for students graduating from the Mapaches. Each semester they will practice a different skill-path (Medic, Provider, Scout, or Herbalist) to help them decide what advanced program they will pursue in Jaguares. Zorros have increased responsibilities and will learn that their actions and decisions can have consequences. Zorros will have the opportunity to be invited into our Cheat Mountain Campus summer program.

Parents: personal responsibility is a BIG part of this club, so remind your child to prepare and encourage them to pack their own gear the night before. We will be going outside in ALL weather types (Cold, wet, rainy, and muddy!). Please feel free to e-mail Zorros instructor, Miss Lauren at [email protected] if you have questions about gear. Each child needs to bring a backpack, a water bottle or camel pack, and a nut-free snack with a label for each adventure.

*Study hall for MLA students will be 3:15 to 4:00 to allow time for public school and home-school students to travel to MLA. We will begin hiking promptly at 4:00!

Jaguares (Mountain Lions)


– Beginning Thursday, September 1st
– 5:00 to 7:00*
– Students may arrive as early as 3:15 if needed.
8th to 12th Grade (with prior experience)
-Instructors: Jen Osha Buysse
– Cost: $175 – $225 per student
– Jaguare camp-out: (To be announced)
– Fall Topic:
Autumn Activities

This advanced group has options to focus on different Paths through our curricula: Medic, Scout, Herbalist, and Provider, and our newest one, Mountain Medic. Jaguares will work towards graduating their chosen Path. At this level, students are able to complete scenarios as a pack and begin to consider their responsibilities as leaders, including our obligations to the greater community, and the stewardship of our natural areas. The Fall topic is entitled Autumn Activities and will encompass a wide array of skills applicable to the season.

We will be going outside in ALL weather types (Cold, wet, rainy, and muddy!). Please feel free to e-mail Jaguare instructor, Jen at [email protected] if you have questions about gear. This is an advanced class so each Jaguare will need the following: a day pack, water bottle or camel pack, a nut-free snack, a compass, a safety whistle on a cord, a 100-foot coil of paracord, matches and/or a lighter, proper footwear and clothing, a trash bag, other applicable survival materials, and any books that they receive to use in this class.

Forest Fitness

– Beginning Tuesday, August 30th
– 4:00 to 5:30*
– Students may arrive as early as 3:15 if needed
5th grade to 8th grade
-Instructor: Will Miller (Mr. Will)
– Cost: $175 – $225 per student

Forest Fitness is a class all about being healthy in an outdoor environment. Our focus is not only on lifting, but also movement, stretching, and nutrition. The focus is not about how much weight you can lift, but instead on how well you can move yourself. Classes will include climbing, running, throwing, yoga, and much more! We will utilize the ENTIRE campus ranging from the field to the bars to Maple Clearing!

Students should dress appropriately for the weather. In the warmer months light weight clothing is fine, but as it gets colder they should dress in layers, starting with shorts and a t-shirt, sweat pants, sweatshirt, and a lightweight toboggan. This way we can work out in all weather and still be able to remove layers as necessary. In case of rain, a lightweight poncho is recommended. Some students may also want to have a pair of weight lifting gloves to prevent blisters.

Parents: personal responsibility is a BIG part of this class, so remind your child to prepare and encourage them to pack their own gear the night before. We will be going outside in ALL weather types (Cold, wet, rainy, and muddy!). Please feel free to e-mail Forest Fitness instructor, Mr. Will at [email protected] if you have questions about gear. Each child needs to bring a backpack, layered clothing options, a water bottle or camel pack, a towel, and a nut-free snack with a label. (The label is extra important for this class since we will be using the nutrition information on the packaging as a teaching tool!)

 

* Study hall for MLA students will be 3:15 to 4:00 to allow time for public school and home-school students to travel to MLA. We will begin working out promptly at 4:00! *

Wildcraft Wednesdays (Jackalopes)

– Beginning Wednesday, August 31st
– 4:00 to 5:30*
– Students may arrive as early as 3:15 if needed
5th grade to 8th grade
-Instructor: Jason Ruehl (Mr. Jason)
– Cost: $175 – $225 per student
– Wildcraft Wednesday Hike: (To be announced)

– Fall Semester Focus: Old Time Games

Wildcraft Wednesdays is a class where students can embrace their creative freedom in the woods! This semester we are going to focus on crafting and playing different games using natural materials plus a few “old-time” games like marbles and dominoes.

Wildcraft Wednesdays is open to a wide age-range and students will be able to participate equally whether they are in 5th grade or high school. Their only limit is their imagination! The teacher, Mr. Jason, is also our Jaguares Provider instructor, knife safety instructor, and is leading our new satellite after-school program at the Shack Neighborhood House!

Parents: personal responsibility is a BIG part of this class, so remind your child to prepare and encourage them to pack their own gear the night before. We will be going outside in ALL weather types (Cold, wet, rainy, and muddy!). Please feel free to e-mail Wildcraft Wednesdays instructor, Mr. Jason at [email protected] if you have questions about gear. Each child needs to bring a backpack, a water bottle or camel pack, and a nut-free snack with a label for each adventure.

* Study hall for MLA students will be 3:15 to 4:00 to allow time for public school and home-school students to travel to MLA. We will begin hiking promptly at 4:00! *

Bard Owls- Cancelled

– Beginning Tuesday, August 30st
– 4:00 to 5:30*
– Students may arrive as early as 3:15 if needed
5th grade to 12th grade
-Instructor: Jen-Osha Buysse ( Señora Jen)
– Cost: $175 – $225 per student

No, that is NOT a typo! The Bard Owls class is all about telling the story of Mountain SOL through music, writing, and art! See? The kids get to be BARDS! We will begin by telling them stories about those who went through Mountain SOL before them, and then help them develop their own stories about their time here! What these students create will then be added to the ongoing lore of the school!

 

* Study hall for MLA students will be 3:15 to 4:00 to allow time for public school and home-school students to travel to MLA. We will begin hiking promptly at 4:00! *

* Registration is now LIVE! Click here to register! *