As a result of their involvement with Eco
Expressions, youth have the power to transform negative behaviors.
• Anger and Stress Management
• Problem Solving Skills
• Positive Thinking
• Healthy Habits
• Personal Empowerment
• Desire to
• Listening Skills
• Understanding of Balanced Ecosystem
• Critical Thinking
teach you stillness.
Stillness is where
creativity and solutions are born.
“We hunger for a kind of experience deep enough
our selves, our form of life...”
~ Jack Turner
• Map Reading
• Wildlife Identification
• Animal Tracking
• Habitat Restoration
The outdoor adventure is only half
of the experience, the other half is creative adventure.
Participants engage in environmentally friendly forms of artwork
as a main component of the outing.
a certain point you say to the woods, to the sea, to the mountains,
Now I am ready.
Now I will stop and be wholly attentive. You empty yourself
and wait, listening.”
~ Annie Dillard,
Teaching a Stone to Talk
• Recycled Papermaking
• Field Sketching
• Creative Writing
Outings focus on personal experience
and acting with awareness. We encourage young people to practice
communicating and develop healthy interpersonal skills. The
main rule that must be followed by leaders and students is
RESPECT: for each other, for the environment, and for themselves.
Sample Writing Prompt: Elementary
*Lie on your back and watch the clouds go by. Imagine what
characters you see and write a poem about it. Ie:
Gary Snyder’s poem – The Blue Sky: Sky.
Horse with lightning feet, a mane like distant rain, the
turquoise horse, a black star for an eye, white shell teeth.
Sample Writing Prompt: Middle School
Sensory Scavenger Hunt:
Make hunt cards for each team to find and observe, NOT collect.
Find 5 different textures and write a descriptive sentence
Find 5 different shapes and draw them.
Find 5 different smells and describe them using a simile
Find 5 different animal sounds and try to imitate them or
draw dashes to show what it sounds like on paper (high and
Bonus: What animal clues are nearby? (ie: tracks, eaten leaves,
holes in trees, scat)
Sample Writing Prompt: High School
* Pick a verb: hunting, eating, flying,
grooming, socializing, communicating, diving, perching,
hovering, landing, etc. Now find a bird acting out that
verb, sit and study it for at least 3 minutes before describing
what you witnessed. ie: Flying: “I caught only
a glimpse of something like a bright torpedo that blasted
the leaves where it flew.” – Annie Dillard
cannot be described is ignored.”
~ Jack Turner