Whether unexpected weather is an issue or the activity you are working on is more challenging than expected and is not going your way, staying positive is key to navigating these hurdles and enjoying your adventure. Here are 5 tips that will help your experience in the wilderness during your school field trip or your outdoor summer camp at Wonder Valley Education Center located in Sanger, CA.

1. Prepare for Weather Conditions 

Weather conditions may be a severe factor in altering your mindset during certain outdoor activities. Always make sure you are prepared and have packed various outfits just in case. Planning accordingly before you begin your school trip can prevent minor inconveniences from setting you back from accomplishing our outdoor education program activities.

2. Focus on the Present Moment 

Worrying too much about your activity not going right or the teamwork effort not going as planned should not put a damper on your mindset to successfully finish your activity. Thinking “what ifs” all the time can quickly deplete the energy required to build or execute tasks successfully. Pay attention to the work at hand, take in the beauty of your surroundings, and enjoy the one-of-a-kind experience that is being in nature. 

3. Teamwork and Collaboration 

If students are working on a group project during your summer camp experience or school-related field trip, then they should rely on each other for support and encouragement. Communicate openly and effectively, share tasks, and celebrate each other’s successes. A strong team spirit fosters resilience and makes the journey more enjoyable for everyone.

4. Incorporate Mindfulness 

Appreciate the sights, sounds, and the aroma of nature to get a sense of peacefulness. Mindfulness practices, such as breathing exercises can help you de-stress, relax, and develop a deeper sense of serenity and connection with your environment.

5. Every Experience is a Learning Experience 

Each hurdle you conquer in the wilderness develops your determination and provides wisdom. After students have had their experiences, they can evaluate what they could have done better, and apply what they learned to make their next adventures even more enjoyable.

Contact Wonder Valley Today

To learn more about tips and strategies essential to participating in Wonder Valley Outdoor Education Center wilderness activities or to learn about what we offer at our outdoor summer camp, contact us today!