Goals, Theme, And Curriculum
Expedition programs celebrate graduating classes and offer students a rite of passage experience. Base-camp trips build community by encouraging student independence while promoting class cooperation. While any program can be integrated with class curriculum, our curriculum-integrated programs are designed to meet specific learning goals.
We offer programs throughout the United States, Eastern Canada, and Ecuador. Expeditions in New England begin and end at Kroka Village in Marlow, NH. Ecuador programs begin and end at our sister school, Nahual Expediciones, just outside of Quito, Ecuador. Trips in the greater United States and Eastern Canada meet at the program location. Basecamp programs are located in Marlow, NH, but day trips may take us throughout Southern Vermont and New Hampshire.
Eating Well at Kroka
Eating well is integral to our intention of nurturing our connection to the Earth. Students take turns gathering ingredients from the farm, garden, and forest, cooking, cleaning and tending the fire. Cooking at Kroka is a unique experience. Students learn to construct a “spunhungen” from which to hang cook pots, build a fire high about the snow on a fire-screen, or roast bread the traditional way, on a stick. Our mealtime tradition welcomes song and blessings in gratitude for the food we eat. Learn more about food at Kroka.
The Kroka Farm
The Kroka Farm is an important part of our curriculum. While at base camp students rise with the sun to help with daily chores: mucking stalls, collecting eggs, milking, and delivering wood with horse and wagon. Students participate in food processing, making cheese, yogurt, and preserving food for their expeditions. When we depart for the wilderness, we are carrying with us the fruits of our labor: farm-fresh eggs, milk, and vegetables to nourish our bodies during the expedition.
Kroka’s expeditions happen in all weather conditions. Students learn to anticipate the weather through daily observation. We welcome rain, snow, sun, and wind, and recognize that these are the realities of wilderness travel. Sometimes we change our plans due to the early onset of black fly season or high water. However, we find that it is often the trips that happen during the rainiest and coldest weeks of the year that end up being the most meaningful experiences.