FIELDWORK & OVERNIGHTS

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FIELDWORK is an integral part of the FernLeaf experience and our educational approach.  

 

While many schools are reducing or removing field trips altogether, FernLeaf embraces fieldwork as a critical component of the learning process. These occasions provide opportunities to build school community while providing students with access to rich and meaningful experiences that support their education and enrich their lives.

 

Fieldwork becomes more advanced as our students grow. Optional international travel opportunities are now available for middle grade students and above.

Annual OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCES begin for FernLeaf students in Kindergarten and becoming increasingly more complex as the student ages. 

 

An important part of FernLeaf's mission is to help students grow in numerous ways beyond just academics, and multi day overnight fieldwork experiences are an important part of this.  Time away from families in a safe, structured, and fun environment with trusted adults allows students to develop self-confidence and build independence in ways that are just not possible in other settings. 

 

And because these opportunities are run by FernLeaf, a trusted partner in their child's education, parents are able to feel confident about their children's safety and the quality of the experience. 

 

Overnight experiences also help students to develop stronger interpersonal skills along with deeper, more meaningful relationships with peers and teachers.  In addition to all of these benefits, overnights simply help students to love school, and contribute to a rich and meaningful life.

All students participate in a minimum of EIGHT offsite learning experiences EACH YEAR.

THE AREAS OF FOCUS FOR FIELDWORK ARE: 

OUTDOOR DESTINATION WITH AN ADVENTURE SPORTS COMPONENT

We take advantage of our beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain surroundings.

  • Dupont State Park

  • Holmes Educational State Forest

  • Smokey Mountain National Park

  • White Water Rafting

SERVICE LEARNING

Students benefit from working with the community to fulfill a local need.

  • Local food pantries

  • Local animal shelters

  • Local assisted living facilities 

PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCES

Students of every age experience artists performing at a professional level.

  • Symphony

  • Ballet

  • Opera

  • Dance

  • Musical theatre

  • Performance art

STUDENT DEVELOPED FIELDWORK

Students are primary drivers of the selection, planning and execution of the fieldwork.

  • Patton Pool

  • Day at the lake

  • Trampoline Park

OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE

Every grade level participates in at least one overnight experience together. 

  • Sleepovers in the classroom

  • Campouts on campus

  • Overnights at local camps

  • Wilderness camping trips

  • Out of state cultural trips

PROJECT WORK

Fieldwork is an important component of project based learning. Students reach out to the experts to find answers to their questions.

  • Restaurants

  • Auto shops

  • Airport

  • Trout Hatchery

  • Playgrounds and Parks

 

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

The possibilities are endless at FernLeaf!

  • Museums

  • Farms

  • Zoos

  • Public gardens

  • Anything the students are curious about!

NOTE: Fieldwork is an integral part of FernLeaf's instructional programming which has costs that are shared evenly by all students in a class/grade level.  As a result, families are expected to pay for fieldwork whether or not the student is in attendance. FernLeaf will not remove fieldwork fees or provide refunds for fieldwork that is missed due to abscence, loss of privileges, suspension, opt-out, or other circumstances that result in a student not participating.