Adventure Education

Student Outside

Adventure Education is an opportunity for Middle School students to learn to safely explore and enjoy our natural world. The school's 550-acre campus is the setting for activities that include hiking, games, construction projects, map reading, orienteering, farming, and more. Students use their imaginations and hone their sense of adventure as we work on team building, communication conflict resolution, and problem solving skills. As the students progress through Middle School, they move from exploratory activities to more advanced wilderness and farming skills.

Courses

Adventure Education 6

Adventure Education 6 is an opportunity for students to learn to safely explore and enjoy our natural world. The school’s 550-acre campus is the setting for most of our activities, which include hiking, games, construction projects, map reading, orienteering, and more. Students use their imaginations and hone their sense of adventure as we work on team building, communication conflict resolution, and problem solving skills. 

Adventure Education 7 

Adventure Education 7 continues to use the campus as a learning laboratory and teaches students two new skill sets: wilderness first aid and gardening basics. During the Fall Semester, 7th graders reflect on the previous year’s experiences in order to increase their judgment and leadership skills. They follow an introductory first aid curriculum coupled with more technical outdoor activities such as bouldering, rappelling, and strategic games. They must be ready at any time to apply their knowledge during spontaneous rescue scenarios, which demand swift and sound decision-making. During the Spring Semester, the SAS Farm becomes the classroom. Students perform three basic tenets of organic gardening: germinating seeds, transplanting seedlings, and conditioning the soil. 

Adventure Education 8

Adventure Education 8 continues on the SAS Farm. Our goals expand to include plant nutrition, pest management, and harvesting of crops. The curriculum includes special design projects such as water catchment and irrigation systems. In the spring, students conclude the Adventure Education curriculum by becoming trip leaders. Weekly teams take responsibility for planning wilderness scenarios. Each team manages group and gear logistics, delegates roles to their peers, and safely completes each scenario.

Outdoor Education Faculty

Michael Short

Michael Short

Titles: Humanities Department Chair, Outdoor Education Coordinator, Humanities 6, Adventure Education, Outdoor Adventure, Mountain Biking, House Parent (Warner/St. Mary's), 6th Grade Class Coordinator
Degrees: B.A. English and Environmental Studies, Furman University
M.Ed. English Language Arts, Wake Forest University
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School: 931.598.5651 ext. 1019
Doug Burns

Doug Burns

Titles: Cissy Patterson Chair in Mathematics, Game Administrator, Outdoor Adventure, House Parent (Watts), Honor Council
Degrees: B.A., Colorado College
M.A., University of Denver
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Marion Knoll

Marion Knoll

Titles: Science, IDE8, Swimming (Head), 8th Grade Class Coordinator
Degrees: B.S., Sewanee: The University of the South
M.Ed., The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
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Jake Miller

Jake Miller

Titles: Biology, Adventure Education, Farm Educator, Environmental Science, House Parent (Woods)
Degrees: B.S., Colorado State University
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School: 931.598.1005
Marcus Murphy

Marcus Murphy

Titles: International Student Coordinator, Chinese, House Parent (Watts), Outdoor Adventure, Varsity Boys' Soccer
Degrees: B.S., Natural Resources, The University of the South
M.A., Teaching Mandarin as a Second Language, Qingdao University
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Amanda Skrzeczkoski

Amanda Skrzeczkoski

Titles: Athletic Trainer, House Parent (Colmore), Adventure Education
Degrees: B.A., Athletic Training, University of Wisconsin La Crosse
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School: 931.598.5651 ext. 3328
Stephen Thomas

Stephen Thomas

Titles: Spanish, Golf (Head), Outdoor Adventure
Degrees: B.A., Foreign Languages (Spanish), University of Alaska Fairbanks
M.A., Foreign Language (Spanish), Bowling Green State University
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John Wheeler

John Wheeler

Titles: English, Football, Swimming, Varsity Boys' Soccer, House Parent (Warner/St. Mary's), Interdisciplinary Studies
Degrees: B.A., English, The University of the South
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