An indoor-dominated lifestyle, which author Richard Louv coins “nature deficit disorder,” has created myriad health problems among children and adolescents, and disconnect from the environment and how their everyday choices matter.
Each year Canyonlands Field Institute (CFI) meets these issues by operating an Outdoor Science School Program. The goals of this program are to instill an environmental awareness and understanding; to provide experiential learning activities that enrich classroom learning, especially in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); and to encourage outdoor physical activity through basic river and camping skills among our local youth. CFI also hopes the skills and knowledge students learn through this program will inspire careers in science, natural resources, and tourism.
CFI is actively raising more funding to incorporate regional, rural, and Reservation schools into our local school programming. This program will engage students that might not otherwise have the opportunity to connect with the Colorado Plateau and their own rich cultural history.
Moonflower's 5% Day contributions will help make this program possible and affordable by offering scholarship discounts. Success of the program has been demonstrated by student performance on their post-trip assessment, works produced in student journals, and positive evaluations from teachers and students.
Canyonlands Field Institute is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit outdoor education organization and licensed outfitter located in the red rock country of Moab, Utah. Founded in 1984, the CFI staff and board partner with agencies and organizations that share the values that help the organization work towards its mission of providing quality outdoor education on the Colorado Plateau.