Outdoor Exploration

Outdoor Exploration

Welcome to the Winter 2023-2024 season of Outdoor Exploration!

New Year's Day Family Hike! Monday, Jan 1 @ West Chalet (Scroll down for registration options.)

Join us on Monday 1/1 from 10a-noon for a family hike! We'll explore at either Blackhawk or across the street at Pope Farm (depending on conditions), enjoy some fun hiking snacks and warm drinks, and craft our own Nature Journals!

 

Upcoming Member Events (See Registration Options below)

Friday 11/17 1-3pm - Outdoor Exploration Homeschool Time (Meet at West Chalet)
Join us for a short hike and some orienteering lessons! All ages are welcome, parents must be present.
 
Wednesday 11/22 10am-2pm - Family Orienteering Challenge (Meet at West Chalet)
Drop in and take on our orienteering challenge around the club! Use a compass, geo-coordinates, or a map to find ten clues around Blackhawk Ski Club. We'll have supplies (and instructional tips) available from 10am-2pm, drop in whenever it works for you. (Can't make it that day? We'll have supplies tucked away for you to use throughout November.)
 
Saturday 12/2 5:30-7:30pm - Family Night (Meet at West Chalet)
Join us for bird feeder making, a short night hike, paper snowflakes, and maybe fire + smores!
 
Friday 12/8 7pm-9pm - Parents Night 
Join us for a fire, tea and cocoa, and some winter-y crafty fun.
 
Friday 12/15 1-3pm - Outdoor Exploration Homeschool Time (Meet at West Chalet)
Join us for a short hike and some orienteering lessons! All ages are welcome, parents must be present.
 
Monday 1/1 10am-12pm - New Years Day Hike (Meet at Nordic Kids Trailer)
Get your adventure resolutions kicked off with a fun hike/snowshoe (will depend on conditions.) 
 
Friday 1/19 6pm-8pm - Parents Night (Meet at West Chalet)
Join us for a fire, tea and cocoa, and a book chat about Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods.
 
Register for these events here!
 

 

About Outdoor Exploration

Our goal is to get kids and families outside together to promote:

  • lifelong love of the outdoors

  • appreciation and familiarity of nature and the world around us

  • comfortability and confidence in being outdoors

  • sense of ownership and responsibility in stewardship

And we'll do that through specific events/resources in these program areas:

  • Nature study (botany, geology, geography, meteorology, astronomy)

  • Outdoor skills (orienteering, knots, camping, cooking, firebuilding, first aid, etc.)

  • Parent support/education (book club, gear library, parent how-to events

  • Restoration work and land stewardship (planting, weeding, cataloging, serving)

 

Program Director

Hi! I'm Jen St.Clair, and my family and I have been members of Blackhawk since 2021. We boomeranged back to the Midwest after a decade in California, and we are loving Wisconsin life. I live in Fitchburg with my husband Luke, our three daughters Leah, RoryKate & Violet and our pup Henry. I love love love hiking (especially the Ice Age Trail!) and I am so hopeful to be a PCT thru-hiker one day. You can follow our family adventures at https://www.instagram.com/jenstc

Outdoor Exploration Archive

Photos and memories from past seasons.