Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of gear does my child need?
Students who are just starting out in ELC need only have their personal gear including appropriate clothing and a backpack for their lunch and water bottle. The ELC can provide tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, sleeping pad, etc. It is extremely important that your child be dressed for the weather, we rarely cancel due to weather. We can never stress enough, dress for the weather! This includes a wicking layer (100% poly layer, found in most stores in the athletic area of clothing), and if necessary, a warmth layer (polarfleece or wool), and a waterproof layer. Additionally, footwear that fits securely and is appropriate for the activity. If you have any questions or need personal gear, please contact us. We have some personal gear to lend.
Who can participate?
Young Explorers: We have a Young Explorer Program for 3rd through 5th graders.
Main program: Students can participate in regular programming after they finish 5th grade and continue through their senior year.
Adult Program: Each season, we offer a few programs available for adults.
How do I sign up?
Each season, a newsletter is available to view on our website with the list of programs. We send out an email to notify when the seasonal newsletter is available. There is approximately a two week sign up period after the newsletter is posted. The sign up deadline is listed in the newsletter. Sign ups are done online under the students tab after viewing the newsletter. Medical and Assumption of Risk forms are required during summer sign ups. These are also available to fill out online under the students tab.
When do I sign up?
Call or email the ELC to get on our emailing list. We send out a newsletter four times a year. On or around February 1st, April 1st, August 1st and November 1st. The newsletter is available online as well.
How do I know if my child got into a program?
You will be notified via email (or mail, if you prefer) what programs your student got into. We try very hard to get everyone into at least one program. Some of the aspects we consider when putting courses together are: age of students, a mix of males and females, student choice, etc. If you do not get into a program you asked for, you are automatically put on the waiting list and will be contacted if any openings should arise. Programs ARE NOT on a first come, first served basis.
How do I know when programs are available?
You can plan ahead with our 4 year core program rotation schedule. Click the link below to view.
ELC Elective programs are also available. These programs will change year to year and new programs are always being introduced.
What are the requirements to complete a Naturalist Plaque?
To start a plaque: 10 programs
To complete a plaque: 15 programs including 2 Level III programs