Our program itineraries reflect over 30 years of experience designing and leading unique wilderness journeys in the United States, Eastern Canada, and Ecuador. Whether participating in life at our base camp or traveling in a handmade Voyageur canoe, on a bicycle, or by snowshoe, a Kroka expedition strengthens the class community and brings academics alive in ways that are not possible in the classroom. Our experienced instructors give students practical tools for sustainable living, while handing them real responsibility and guiding them through a rite of passage in the wilderness.
An Authentic Wilderness Experience
At Kroka, students take responsibility for the work of daily living. They learn the rhythms of making and taking down camp each day. They gather firewood, draw water from the stream, and cook on an open fire. Students learn to tell time by the sun and sleep under the stars at night. Traveling at the pace of the natural world connects students to the earth and gives them greater awareness of their classmates and themselves.
Strengthen Your Class Community
Living and traveling in nature requires commitment and cooperation within the group. As individuals face challenges, they learn to rely on each other and offer one another physical and emotional support. Under the guidance of Kroka staff and the class teacher students become effective communicators and problem solvers, and develop a work ethic. These lessons translate directly into daily life in the classroom.
Curriculum Integrated Programs
Homer’s Odyssey comes alive as the voice of the teacher is heard amidst the crashing waves on a windswept lake. Epochs of geology are written on the walls of a cave deep underground. Ecology creaks, hoots, and howls when taught in the depths of the forest. We invite you to learn through experience: the new perspectives and skills acquired will live on in each student for years to come.
Tools for Sustainable Living
Wilderness experiences help us to develop a unique perspective on our role as human beings in the modern world. We look at our food and equipment and ask: How can we share these limited resources? We look within our group and ask: What needs to be done? Moving through the landscape as a community, students develop a sense of place that invites appreciation and stewardship for the earth. From the simple pleasures of working with our hands to create food, fuel, and shelter, a sense of purpose and responsibility is born.
Rite of Passage and Empowerment through Adventure
Students experience quiet contemplation, nature observation, and the exhilaration at the top of a rock face and through the rushing rapids of a river. They learn to take risks, share what is in their hearts in an evening circle around the fire, and deepen relationships with their classmates. Students return home from their Kroka experience with newfound confidence and maturity.
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.
Choose your own adventure
Our programs are customized to meet the goals and desires of each class. While following the foundations of a successful program, we work in collaboration with the class teacher to develop a unique expedition experience.
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.
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.