- $14,136 Pledged
- $85,864 To go
Northwestern Outdoor Leadership Institute
Brian King Co-Founder and education director of Northwestern Outdoor Leadership Institute:
In 1980, as part of his master’s of science degree, he started designing a learning center integrated into an intergrated working farm and ranch that has timber and surrendering wilderness area;
Where students of all ages could reside and work together learning academic skills directly related to their passions. Passions that the standard model school and university fail to consider.
In 2001 Brian left public education in a giant leap of faith to dramatically change the paradigm of education. Integrating hands-on projects with daily rituals as practiced by influential life-long learners, such as John Westinghouse and the Dalai Lama, the Institute creates personalized lesson plans for individuals to develop a love for learning and to become productive members of society.
Through the institute students learn the same subjects they would in traditional schools, including math, science and English. Students are also encouraged to study what they are truly passionate about, such as design, horticulture or construction, and in their own learning style.
In 32 wilderness/ranch camps of four days per session, totaling the same hours of instruction equivilent to 180 days or year-round academic opportunities, students become deeply connected to nature as they develop grit and receive their education.
Through the organization’s total immersion wilderness camps and special events, teens and young adults embark on an intense co-curricular experience in which they develop skills to become self-reliant in the outdoors, which can be applied in the classroom, workplace and beyond.
To date, the Institute has served nearly 300 students, ranging in age from 4 to 80, and represented coast to coast throughout the United States as well as countries around the world, including England, China, France, Mexico, Haiti, and Germany.
There are nearly half a dozen colleges and only a handful of high schools across the country where students do chores and work with their hands on real projects in a mixed aged setting where they can build a community,” says King. We are an institute for the bright students that are underserved in the traditional educational model. Kids that want to learn but not sitting at a desk. Leadership, and the sciences, doing real hands on work. We’re not just a cookie cutter approach that all kids learn the same way at the same time. Each student has a challenging curriculum that is specifically designed for them.
Our model for education is based on long-term success and student happiness, not test scores. And, the results speak for themselves. Students see the relevance in their learning and use their passion as a vehicle to study.
As a result they love to learn academic subjects and develop skills to pursue a career.
Currently, Northwestern Outdoor Leadership Institute operates programming in rented facilities and on public lands. However, without a permanent home, resident programs, storing equipment and fostering long-term student projects is difficult at best. The new property will allow the Institute the opportunity to serve more students, offer additional programs and build a greater presence within the community.
The property itself is currently being used as an artisan cheese dairy and educational facility which
provides a tranquil setting for students of all ages to strengthen their love for the outdoors as they develop their skills and character.
Returning veterans will have the space to heal their minds, bodies and souls while learning to train horses and dogs and strengthening relationships with their families.
The 170+ acre ranch is surrounded by forest with lakefront and has ample irrigation to provide both agriculture and recreational opportunities for our participants. Once fully functioning, the purchased property will be fully self-sustainable, with it's shops and production, resident facilities, conference center, woodlands and pastures will be ideal for our broadscope of our students served.
The Northwestern Outdoor Leadership Institute WorthWild crowdfunding campaign launches on July 19 and will run for 30 days. Making your donation today will make a Worthwild difference. Please Donate Today. For contributions, donors may receive thank you gifts including youth and adult camps, school tuition, handmade gifts, including handmade tools, artisan crafts, patchwork quilts, custom knives, fire kits and more. Prefer to mail a check contact us for mailing address and which thank you gift you prefer. Donations received above $100,000 will then go directly towards the purchase of the ranch. "Find a way, dig deep."-- Christine Riley a participant and parent. For more information about the Institute, visit: www.NorthwesternOutdoorLeadershipInstitute.com
Created by: Toni King