Outdoor Education

The purpose of our Outdoor Education program is to develop students with keen minds, exemplary character, self-knowledge, and the ability to lead. Through experiential learning in outdoor wilderness areas, students develop leadership and team-building skills while learning about themselves, others, and the world around them.

Why Outdoor Education?

CES’s Outdoor Education program uses the outdoors as a medium for learning, which allows students to:

  • develop independence through self-confidence, self-direction, and self-knowledge.
  • sharpen their reflective and critical-thinking skills.
  • enhance their appreciation of, and respect for, the natural environment.
  • discover personal strengths.
  • learn how to be effective leaders and cooperative team members.

It Starts in Pre-K

The Outdoor Education program is introduced in Pre-K and becomes increasingly challenging as each year progresses. Our Early Childhood Campus students cultivate basic skills through on-campus and simple excursions in the downtown Covington area and neighboring Bogue Falaya Park. The skills they build in these early years serve as a foundation for larger and longer adventures, as they head to 1st-12th grades. From canoeing classes to ropes courses, specific objectives are set for each grade, as students prepare for their class trips, which begin in fifth grade.

Learning Life Skills

Each grade’s Outdoor course teaches the following as the core curriculum:

  • Decision-making, problem-solving, leadership
  • Camping skills, weather, navigation
  • Natural and cultural history
  • Hazard and risk management
  • Expedition behavior and group dynamics
  • Group processing and communication
  • Minimum impact ethics with respect to the natural environment

Outdoor Education Curriculum

ECC
Lower School
Junior High
High School

Pre-k outdoor education experiences include:

  • Canoe Trip
  • CES Barn Visit
  • Insta-Gator Trip
  • Parish Fair Field Trip

Kindergarten outdoor education experiences include:

  • Fish Fest
  • Fishing Field Trip
  • Bird House Breakfast
  • Canoe Trip

First grade outdoor education experiences include:

  • Canoeing
  • Bug Bash

Second grade outdoor education experiences include:

  • Canoeing

Third grade outdoor education experiences include:

  • Canoeing

Fourth grade outdoor education experiences include:

  • Canoe Trip
  • Refugology Program at Big Branch

 

Fifth grade outdoor education experiences include:

  • Canoe Trip
  • Campout at CBC
  • Dauphin Island Sea Lab Overnight Biology Trip

Sixth grade outdoor education experiences include:

  • Canoe Trip
  • Fontainebleau State Park Overnight Tree Planting Trip

 

Seventh grade outdoor education experiences include:

  • Paddle Bogue Falaya to ECC
  • Backpacking Trip
  • North Carolina Class Trip

Eighth grade outdoor education experiences include:

  • Ropes course at LSU
  • Campout
  • Roller Blading on the Trace
  • Bayou Lafourche Paddle
  • Moonlight Paddle Manchac Wetlands
  • Bike Trip

Ninth grade outdoor education experiences include:

  • River Skills Tylertown Overnight
  • Canoeing
  • Backpacking Trip
  • Yosemite National Park Class Trip

 

10th grade outdoor education experiences include:

  • Paddle Trip
  • Backpacking Trip

 

11th grade outdoor education experiences include:

  • Paddle Trip
  • Backpacking Trip

12th grade outdoor education experiences include:

  • Paddle Trip
  • Backpacking Trip