People say to me so often, "Jane how can you be so peaceful when everywhere around you people want books signed, people are asking these questions and yet you seem peaceful," and I always answer that it is the peace of the forest that I carry inside. ~Jane Goodall
Twice a year Running River organizes camping trips that foster community, vivid nature experiences, responsibility, skill building, and plain old fun!
Every fall, the oldest class goes on a four-day camping trip. We have camped in Canyon Lands, Colorado State Forest State Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Mission:Wolf, the Colorado Sand Dunes, the Sangre de Cristos, and the Snowy Mountains in Wyoming; we have also canoed the Gunnison River. We learn how to live and work in community, sharing in all the responsibilities and creating meaningful experiences. Starting in 2016 we will be taking winter hut trips.
In October of 2015 our 4th-6th graders journeyed to Mission:Wolf in Westcliff, Colorado. This was a life-changing event for all of us. We camped at the sanctuary, and the first night went to sleep to the howls of wolves that we could see in the hillside enclosures. The next day we did service work, building a flagstone path and repairing a stone retaining wall. Then we spent time with the wolves. Kent Weber, the founder and director, spent hours talking with the students about wolves — who they really are and how to relate with them. He let us stay the next morning and visit the wolves again. We will be returning next fall. Then we drove over Mosca pass to spend two nights at the Sand Dunes. We hiked to the highest point and ran up and down many dunes. If you’ve never been there, it’s one of the most peaceful places on the planet! For more photos, click here.
Every Spring the entire school, with all the families, camps near Rocky Mountain National Park for three days. This great “village event” is a way to complete our year together by being in nature. We hike, play games, tell stories, play instruments and sing, and look at the stars through large telescopes we bring along. We have braved rain, snow, wind, heat and cold, and we ALWAYS have fun being together. We have done Greek Dancing, had the best s’more contests, gone fishing, viewed herds of elk and mountain goats and found skeletons of elk. We have perfected the art of cooking, with all the parents and kids pitching in to create delicious meals. See photos from Spring 2016 Trip.