The following are all the Director’s notes that were published in the 2010 issues of Heartland Outdoor School’s newsletter, Nature Notes:


October 2010

Now that the new school year has started, I am sure that you are all looking forward to a year of exciting new possibilities.  One of those new experiences will be your visit to Heartland Outdoor School.  The Heartland staff is excitedly awaiting your arrival at camp and can’t wait to spend time with you all.

Something new that we will be sending out this year is our Nature Notes e-newsletter.  Why a newsletter you may ask?  Nature Notes will be a great way to communicate with teachers and students all of the new and exciting things that are being added to our program and curriculum.  This is also a great way for students to get excited about camp, meet our educators, and enjoy some fun facts and activities.  Please feel free to print and hand out copies of Nature Notes to students, fellow teachers, and parents.  They can also visit our website and sign up to receive it by email.

In addition to the newsletter, we have many additions to our camp program.  Some of these include: an indoor climbing wall, wetland/prairie grass area, new classes emerging in the spring of 2011, “Email A Camper” link on our website, a new health form and teacher packet, and a new evening program option.  Teachers, please be sure to visit our website to download the new health form and view the new teacher packet.   You will also want to be sure to inform your parents about the “Email A Camper” link on our website.

One final note, we are now accepting new schools to our program.  If you know of any teachers or schools that would be interested in an excellent outdoor education experience, please let them know about Heartland and have them contact us.

Thank you all for reading Nature Notes and we hope you have an exciting, adventure-filled school year!



November 2010

Why camp? What are the benefits? Why should we spend money to go to camp? These are all questions that school teachers and administrators have either thought about or will consider in the near future, especially in today’s tough economy. The fact is, that the camp experience we offer at Heartland, provides major bang for the buck.

The most useful benefit of camp is that it helps to build the character skills necessary for success in life. At camp, students experience a sense of community, where they can develop relationships and social skills through first-hand experiences. Students also come “out of their shells” during camp because camp provides a new and different environment. Many times, teachers have told me that the “trouble” kids at school behave differently while at camp and often times the camper that comes to camp is not the same camper when they go home.

Camp is also academically educational. Our programming and classes are designed to meet state curriculum standards which means our offerings fit in with what is being taught at school. While students are having fun, they are also learning and teachers can have peace of mind that we are reinforcing their efforts in the classroom.

Finally, camp provides an invaluable experience that students and teachers will remember for the rest of their lives. Those of us who have gone to camp still remember singing zany camp songs, shooting a bow and arrow, or holding our first snake. Students not only see and hear, they get an experience through hands-on learning. Memories are built at camp—memories that last a lifetime.

At Heartland, everything we do is intentional, even down to the last detail. We want to give students an experience that not only educates them but allows them to have some fun all at the same time.

Brandon Steed