Gearing up for Fall

This school year we have the opportunity to enjoy many beautiful educational moments outside!  We are excited for a year of exploration and joy.  We know that preparing for an outdoor-focused school year will include a little more gear, laundry, packing of extra clothing, and probably cleaning of your car that has to happen when children so thoroughly explore their environment.  We truly appreciate your time and support.

As we prepare for the cooler fall and winter weather, please send your child with the appropriate clothing to venture outside each day and please remember layering is important for flexibility as the weather changes throughout the day. Please remember to label outdoor gear and their extra clothing so we can be sure to get it back to you at the end of the day.  We are also asking that each family send a labeled water bottle for their child each day.

There are several wonderful places to get your family ready for the adventure.  Oakiwear has wonderful rain and fall gear http://oakiwear.com/  You can also find gear locally at Midwest Mountaineering located in Minneapolis, REI, or other outdoor-focused retailers and even Goodwill, however sometimes finding very small sizes of high-quality gear can be challenging.  Polarn O. Pyret is a leading brand in the children’s outerwear space and they offer parents enrolled in an outdoor program like ours this fall, with a standing 20% off discount on their entire range of full-priced outerwear from wool socks to snow and rain suits and everything else in between!  Once you sign up at the below link you just need to be logged into your shopping account for the discount to apply. They also have a fall gear list on their website www.polarnopyretusa.com.   Sign up link: https://www.polarnopyretusa.com/outdoor-schools-savings-program/. They also have a store in Edina. 

After you find the perfect gear to keep your child warm and comfortable year-round, please be sure to label everything as getting all of the gear to the right person at the end of the day can be a challenge.  If you have black gear we recommend a silver permanent marker to make the name clearly visible. 

If you have any questions about weather or gear, please contact Sheila at will0342@umn.edu. Thank you for all that you do in support of this level of engagement with learning and exploration.