6th - 8th Grade
The Headwaters Academy Outdoor Education Program provides students the opportunity to learn and explore primarily in a wilderness setting. This program takes advantage of the scenic beauty of the Gallatin Valley and surrounding areas. Outdoor education may include a backcountry hiking trip, 5-day Field Study Tour (FST), 2 days skiing (one at Bridger Bowl and one at Big Sky,) winter backcountry overnight, winter day hikes, indoor climbing wall, and 1 day of cross-country skiing.
Program goals may include team building, self-reliance, leadership skills, outdoor skills, planning and preparing for an expedition, safety, and environmental education. Program goals are accomplished by engaging students in activities ranging from initiatives and service projects to rock climbing and white-water rafting. Students are required to be both followers and leaders. Leadership can occur in several modes including creation, planning and managing trips.
Trips aim to provide a forum for reflection, and connect core academic classes in an outdoor setting. When possible, outdoor educators work with other teachers in the school to aid in reinforcing classroom lessons. Grading is based on motivation, preparedness, technical ability, safety and judgment, and cooperative skills.