High Adventure

High Adventure 2020
Chairperson:  Marilyn Pusatere

H1  Spelunking
Weeks:  3, 4                                                         Grades:  6 – 12

Go underground!  Crawl, squeeze and meander through the limestone caves and karst formations of the Heldeberg Plateau.  Students will receive instruction in basic equipment and learn the essentials of spelunking techniques and cave conservation. This class has required equipment, and the cost includes additional $40.00 off-site transportation fee.

Instructor: Mike Nardacci

H2  My Side of the Mountain
Weeks:  1, 2, 4, 5, 6                                            Grades:  4 – 6

My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George, is an adventure story of self-reliance and ability to adapt to the environment.  Like the main character, Sam Gribley, students in this class will learn basic skills to use the land to survive. You’ll build a survival structure, learn to start a fire with flint and steel, cook over a fire, hike with a map and compass, and identify wildlife.  You’ll keep a journal of your experiences.  You should become familiar with the popular story to fully enjoy this class.

Instructors: Weeks 1-2: Darcy Morrison; Week 4-6:  Karen Treadgold

H3 MORE My Side of the Mountain
Weeks: 3                                                               Grades: 6 – 8

Did you take My Side of the Mountain?  Want more?  This class is offered for olders students, and everything will be a little “more”.  After you build a fire with flint and steel, you will safely and successfully maintain the fire, and cook over it.  You will hike the Heldebergs, gather wood, forage, and identify flora and fauna.  Different types of shelters will be built. You will become attuned to nature and learn basic outdoor survival skills, like Sam Gribley!

Instructor: Darcy Morrison

H4  Gone Fishing
Weeks:  1 – 2 (two week course)                   Grades:  6 & up

Students learn to tie their own flies for bass and pan fish.  Casting Weeks are also held each day.  The last two days of class are held on the water, where students are given the opportunity to catch fish on their own creations.  This class is a great introduction to fly tying and fly-fishing.  Many students have continued in the sport and are now catching fish in warm, cold and saltwater.

Instructor:  Jay “Fishy” Fullum

H5 Archery
Weeks: 1,2,3,4,5,6                                              Grades: 6 & up
Note: Recurve bows will be used for both Archery courses.

Learn the basic shooting techniques when using professional recurved bows. These are the same bows used in national shooting competitions and the Olympics. Practice calculating scores and improving from one week to the next. Candy shoots and our last day shooting competition keep students engaged as they become lifelong participants of the sport.

Instructor: Wks. 1,3,4: Kevin McFerran; Wks. 2,5,6: Claire Pusatere

Advanced Archery:
Weeks: 1, 3, 4                                                      Grades: 7 & up

This class is for students who have taken Archery (at the workshop) and desire to improve their accuracy, skill and effectiveness in shooting. Special attention will be given to sighting a bow and the use of alternate targets for practice. Individual shooting tournament will occur at the conclusion of the advanced class. Should you have any question as to your child’s ability to enroll in this class, our instructors are happy to work with you to find the best fit. Note: Only recurve bows will be used for Advanced Archery.


H6  Helde-Trekking
Weeks: 2, 3, 6                                                      Grades:  3 & 4

Hike the Heldeberg Workshop!  Spend your week hiking and exploring the fields, woods, swamp and pond areas of the Workshop Land.  Learn what to do and what not to do when out hiking, whether on the Workshop Land or elsewhere with friends and family.  Learn some basic safety and survival skills such as building a campfire, making a survival shelter and reading basic trail maps.  We will even take a field trip towards the end of the week to Thatcher Park for more hiking adventures!  You will need to wear comfortable hiking shoes or sneakers, as we will do a lot of hiking.   Students should also have a small daypack that can hold a raincoat, a water bottle and snacks for each day’s adventure.

Instructor: Wks. 2, 3 – David Wallingford, Wk. 6: Hannah Tobias-Wallingford

H7 Woods Wanderers
Weeks: 1, 2, 3                                                      Grades: 6-8

Not all who wander are lost! Unlock your inner wanderer in this course for hikers and curious naturalists.  Venture into our unique, beautiful, and diverse land while learning basic plant, insect, and animal identification.  Whether out for a day or overnights, this class will prepare you for a safe and enjoyable journey. You will learn how to pack gear, cook outdoors, do basic wilderness first aid, and handle bad weather and survival situations.  Learn and practice “Leave No Trace” principles while wondering and wandering throughout Heldeberg’s gorgeous landscape.  We may take a trip to Thacher Park or Lawson’s Lake Park to expand our adventures.  If you’re interested in broadening your hiking experience and immersing yourself in a world of nature, then this course is for you!

Instructor: Karen Treadgold

 H8  Junior Archery
Weeks:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                            Grades: 3 – 5 

This course will stress all the FUNdamentals of Archery with an emphasis on skills for younger students. Archery games and tournaments make this class interesting and lively!  Students will use the latest technologically advanced “toy” bows and arrows to shoot at a variety of backdrops and targets.

Instructor: Wks 1, 3, 4: Gwen McFerran; Wks. 2, 5: Aidan McFerran

H9 Bewilderness
Week: 6                                                                 Grades: 5 – 7

Pay close attention; this class can be bewildering. Each day starts with a
locked box. Somewhere in the Workshop, there’s another box, and another (and maybe even another). In order to find and open each box, you and your team must work together to crack codes, solve puzzles, and seek out special mystery objects. Along the way, you’ll also learn basic orienteering techniques and how to identify some of the plants, trees, animals, and rock formations within the Workshop. Put on your thinking cap, lace up your hiking shoes, and get ready for Bewilderness.

Instructor: Dan Chaize

H10 Geo-caching
Week: 2                                                                 Grades:  5 – 8

Come learn the joy of GeoCaching! Geocaching started 18 years ago, when the US Government made the Global Positioning System (GPS) available to the general public. Within one day someone used the technology to hide a small cache and post those coordinates online – 3 days later it had been found twice! Right now there are over 2.5 million geocaches and 6 million geocachers worldwide. In this course, we will explore the various tools of geocaching, while searching the grounds of Heldeberg Workshop on a plethora of adventures seeking out caches ….from nanos to multis. One of the days we will take a field trip to find real life Geos (most likely in Thacher Park).
Instructor: Chet Boehlke Jr