Both our afterschool programs and our in school programs for MLA students have started! On Thursday, Sept 18th, we brought every class outside to work on team building skills....in the woods! We had a fantastic time! Our Pre-K students worked together and made it all of the way to "first crossing," and even helped solve the mystery of what animal came to the creek to drink. Kindergarten and Early Elementary 1 students worked on how to move as a pack through the woods, individual responsibility for safety, and found deer and raccoon tracks. Early Elementary 2 and Middle Elementary students made it all the way to "Birch Crossing," where they also found "deer highway" as well as evidence of coyotes. Our Upper Elementary and Middle School students went to the top of the mountain, to "Maple Clearing," and worked on team building skills, practiced a bear drill, and explored a new trail.
Update 8/18/14 MLA has partnered with the Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership School!
Mountain SOL offers two different programs: 1) In-school outdoor education for every MLA student, and 2) Afterschool programs open to all students.
1) Every MLA student will receive classroom integrated outdoor education on a weekly basis!
A supply fee of $25 for the Fall, and $50 for the Spring, or $70 for the whole year is required for each student. This supply fee goes towards experiential education supplies to connect the outdoors to your child's classroom as well as tents, tarps, lumber, replacement parts for trail maintenance equipment, etc. If you would prefer to donate your time or personal supplies for your child, please contact jen at
. Staff time and training to teach each student is covered in your MLA tuition. Thank you!
2) Our afterschool program is open to MLA and non MLA students! Details on our afterschool program can be found at www.MountainSOL.org.
Read below for the press release! Exciting things are coming for our students for the 2014-2015 school year.
July 1, 2014
For Immediate Release
Elizabeth Wiles, PR & Operations Manager
Aurora Lights & Mountain SOL School
New Environmental Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership School in Morgantown
Aurora Lights, a state-wide environmental nonprofit, is proud to announce the opening of the Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership School (Mountain SOL) for Fall 2014 in Morgantown. Located on the campus of the Morgantown Learning Academy, Mountain SOL will be offering in-class environmental education programs to the students at MLA and afterschool outdoor education classes to all local students. Morgantown Learning Academy is a non-profit, non-church affiliated, private school for children from preschool to eighth grade located in Morgantown, West Virginia.
All MLA students will be going outside at least once a week for hands-on, outdoor lessons that build on what they’re learning in the classroom, whether it be science, grammar / reading, the arts or social studies. These classes will meet state CSO standards.
For the 2014-2015 school year, afterschool programs are offered weekly -- Mountain Mallards for 2nd thru 4th graders and Mountain Jaguares (Mountain Lions) for 5th grade and up. Future programs also will offer high school students the opportunity to mentor younger students. Tuition for afterschool programs is on a sliding scale to make these classes as accessible as possible to all interested families.
Adults can get involved, too, through Clean up the Creek!, a group of youth and adults working together to clean up the MLA stream. Mountain SOL also offers internship opportunities for youth and young adults.
Since 1998 Aurora Lights has been leading programs in a variety of environmental stewardship and outdoor leadership topics. Aurora Lights originally formed as a school in Ecuador, and since has led “International Perspectives on Environmental Issues” for WV college students, survival and stewardship classes for high school youth, basic survival skills for elementary and middle school students, and adult education classes in wild edibles and preserving food.
Mountain SOL is the brainchild of Aurora Lights co-founder Jen-Osha Buysse, who has over 15 years’ experience of teaching, developing and supporting outdoor and environmental education programs that strengthen the connections between human communities and their natural environment.