Growing an IDEA

A year of AmeriCorps VISTA service with CFI Running a river represents a journey that goes beyond rowing from put-in to takeout. As CFI turns 40, we are gearing up to raft the waters of organizational change toward being a more inclusive, accessible outdoor education outfitter. During my year as a AmeriCorps VISTA working as…

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Unplugging in Professor Valley

How do CFI students create a Sense of Place? On the first day of a fall Professor Valley Field Camp, the dawn’s light glows purple and blue on the eastern sky above Fisher Towers, and the cliffs above the Colorado River fire orange with the sun’s first rays. I feel chilled by the early autumn…

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Rooting Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in Outdoor Education

‘On Canyonlands Field Institute expeditions, we use Group Contracts as a tool to promote learning and help students feel confident when they are out of their comfort zones. Group Contracts establish communication norms, give us a chance to express our feelings, and serve as a key developer of social and emotional health. Here is an outline on how to create a Family Group Contract within your home.’

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